Installing Linux on a MacBook Air

It took me few hours after I finally managed to install Debian on my MacBook Air. If you are in the same position then this article is for you. It’s not a tutorial but rather a hint on what may solve your problem! Actually, this is the only thing which worked for me.

In short, I used Rufus to create a bootable USB drive from a Windows machine.

If you don’t have a Windows machine, you can use Virtual Box or Wine as emulators in order to be able to run Rufus Tool.

Steps:

  1. Download Rufus from here: https://rufus.akeo.ie/
  2. Grab an Debian amd64 version – I suggest you to download a full version as netinstaller may fail due to incompatible network drivers.
    You can use this link: https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current-live/amd64/bt-hybrid/
  3. Insert USB and make the following configuration on Rufus tool:
    It’s very important to select GPT partition scheme for UEFI and FAT32 (Default).
    Also, the only architecture usable was 64bits (amd64). Booting from 32bit (i386) failed!
  4. Now create USB drive by pressing Start!

Now you have a bootable USB drive! You can try to boot directly but is a high change to fail! So in order to be able to boot from USB, you will need to install rEFInd:  http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html

After you install rEFInd, your USB will be detected when mac starts!

That’s all! Good luck!

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