Install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr on MacBook Pro Retina 2013

First of all, there is NO need to have Ubuntu Desktop specific for Mac. I just successfully installed standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trust Tahr 64 bit downloaded from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop . Here are the steps that I went through

  • (Optional) Install Mac OS after I re- sized the partition to 50G
  • After installing Mac OS, download and install “rEFInd” to activate partition for Linux. You can refer to http://sourceforge.net/projects/refind/ . You’d install from the zip by executing ./install.sh . That’s it. No further change required.
  • Insert the USB key that contains Ubuntu 14.04 install ISO. Boot then start install, with the partition layout for Linux. This is what I have
/boot    400MB
SWAP     8096MB
/        20G

20140428_enc_partition

Leaving remaining space encrypted, while I’d create a softlink of home dir to /media/jeff/pool which is completely encrypted by LUKS, eg.

sudo ln -s /media/jeff/pool /home/jeff/Downloads
sudo chown -R jeff.jeff /media/jeff/pool
  • Refer to http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/10-things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu.html to tweak your Ubuntu. Anyway, this is what I used to install for virtualization, some utilities and multi- media drivers
ubuntu-desktop p7zip gimp imagemagick chromium-browser pidgin qemu-system-x86 libvirt-bin ubuntu-vm-builder bridge-utils ubuntu-restricted-extras ssh virt-manager virt-viewer openconnect dconf-tools network-manager-vpnc vim cups-pdf lvm2 icedtea-plugin
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder libdvdread4 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321 gstreamer1.0-libav vlc
  • I’ll also switch from Unity to Gnome-Shell as my personal preference
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop
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