Ubuntu on Mac Laptops

Maximilian Gerlach m at px0.de
Wed Jan 4 22:20:01 UTC 2006

Hi Al,

> I'm considering buying a Mac laptop, either an iBook or a PowerBook
> (depending on how much money I think I can afford to part with).  I
> plan on dual-booting it with OS X and Ubuntu Breezy.
Thats a nice thing but remember that intel based apple laptops will  
be out soon. You should consider waiting.

> 1. Video: Is the video hardware in Apple's new *Book line fully
> supported, with hardware acceleration, etc.?
Only if it's ATI based (= >12") and even then sometimes not fully  
(I'm not sure since I own an nvidia  based powerbook. Thats *very*  

> 2. Games: Will I be able to play, for example, UT 2004 or Neverwinter
> Nights under Linux on the Power platform, the same as I can in Linux
> on an x86?
No chance.
You will be able to play them under OS X but there is no way you can  
play for example NWN/x86 under Linux/PPC

> 3. RestrictedFormats: Pretty much the same question as above, but for
> libdvdcss, etc.  Will I be able to watch DVDs on an Apple laptop
> running Ubuntu?
Yes, you can, but you'll have problems with other codecs. No WMV, for  
example. (-> w32codecs)

Best regards,

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