Hi. I’ve had this 2008 MacBook Pro lying around for years now without any use. Around a year ago, I gave it rEFInd, swapped out the 200GB hard drive it came with for a 500GB drive that I was planning to put a new OS on, but I never got around to doing it, until today, when I flashed a USB drive with TrueOS and installed it, giving my MacBook an OS for the first time in years. However, there have been some flaws.
- TrueOS isn’t compatible with the MBP’s wi-fi, at least in my setup. I suppose drivers do exist somewhere.
- Despite detecting a sound device, sound does not work at all.
- This MBP has an NVIDIA chip, but the Nvidia drivers do not work to the best of my knowledge. I’ve tried installing nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings, edited /boot/loader.conf, but that made my computer unbootable so I had to reinstall TrueOS. I’ve tried both the latest and legacy 340.xx drivers. I am using the scfb drivers, for now, and the image is shifted too high out-of-bounds, with a black bar at the bottom.
- Touchpad scrolling is wonky. Multi-gestures and right-clicking don’t work.
2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4 GB RAM
500 GB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
TrueOS stable 18.06 amd64
I have been a Linux user for about 4 years now, and used it exclusively for the past year. I recently thought about entering the world of BSD, and saw TrueOS as a good starting point. My main computer still runs Linux, but I like the idea of having a TrueOS laptop. Too bad the wi-fi adapter doesn’t work.