[News] Apple's Latest Mac Offerings Block Linux Installations

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  1. DylRicho

    DylRicho Administrator

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    Apple appears to be causing yet more anti-consumerism grief with its latest trio of Mac devices (listed below) by blocking any form of Linux installation.

    Furthermore, Apple is going out of its way to defend its actions. Anyone caught trying to override the bootloader will be faced with a hefty fine of $500,000 for a first offense, accompanied by a 5-year prison sentence.

    For those unaware, Apple has included a small system-on-a-chip (SoC) within the board, designated the T2, which handles the macOS bootloader. The T2 first materialized alongside the iMac Pro from summer last year.

    This seems to be an isolated issue specifically to the newly released products, and doesn't appear to affect the iMac Pro.

    Affected Devices:
    • Mac mini (late 2018)
    • MacBook Air (late 2018)
    • MacBook Pro (late 2018)

    Further reading: Phoronix
     
  2. Ajay

    Ajay The Boss Staff Member

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    That's pretty interesting tbh. I used to have Linux on my MacBooks when i had them before.
     
  3. Rick Ace

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    That is for the distribution of the bootloader under the DMCA law.

    https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2018/

    To be fair, Apple didn't impose the prison sentence. It's already part of the law.

    And lastly, there is a way to disable the bootloader and use Linux.

    https://boingboing.net/2018/11/11/ring-minus-1.html
     
  4. Ajay

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    Ahh, that makes sense. It would be nearly impossible for Apple to actually sue you for trying to use Linux on their system.
     
  5. DylRicho

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  6. Ajay

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    Not really. You're disabling the Apple Bootloader just like you would install Grub over Window's Bootloader.
     

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