Will Ubuntu run smoothly on my 2012 MacBook Air?


Solution 1

Mostly It'd..because it runs fine on my brother's 1.6Ghz dual core Atom, but it may use up to 12gb of your flash storage.

Solution 2

If its not too late here's the link to set it up on your Apple MBA(5,2): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2039799

I can confirm that the entire process went smoothly for me.


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Updated on September 18, 2022


  • James
    James 3 months

    Tech Specs:

    • 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
    • 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L on-board memory
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • 64GB flash storage
    • Admin
      Admin over 10 years
      No because you now have Mac OS X Lion... I really wanna see how you are going to install ubuntu now.
    • James
      James over 10 years
      What do you mean?
    • ctrl-alt-delor
      ctrl-alt-delor over 10 years
      At this url system76.com/laptops/model/lemu4 is an advert for some one selling a similar spec machine with ubuntu, but no mac branding. The machine is fast enough (faster than mine). Run it live to test all the hardware. Also consider VirtualBox.
    • dlin
      dlin over 10 years
      With these specs it's more than obvious that it will run smoothly. The tricky part is installing Ubuntu from Mac OS X.
    • Emerson Hsieh
      Emerson Hsieh over 10 years
      In short- Yep, but hard to install it.
  • Zero Cool
    Zero Cool over 10 years
    The MBA doesn't have a retina display.
  • thomasrutter
    thomasrutter over 10 years
    And even if it did, Ubuntu doesn't necessarily have a problem with it - Gnome will let you resize all fonts and Nautilus will let you resize all icons. Although this won't necessarily be true of the Unity top bar or of all your applications, some of which will cope much better with dramatically increased font size than others.