Soooo, I have gone and dual booted my MacBook Pro. What distro did I pick? Well I like the convenience and hardware support of Ubuntu, but can't stand the bloat of gnome, and even xfce seems slow to me these days. I wanted something lightweight, but easy. And lo and behold look what I have found: a new linux distro called #! Crunchbang Linux. Quoth the Crunchbangers:
CrunchBang Linux is an Ubuntu based distribution featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager and GTK+ applications. The distribution has been built and customised from a minimal Ubuntu install. The distribution has been designed to offer a good balance of speed and functionality.I installed it on my mac (after installing refit.) After getting the proprietary nvidia drivers going, all the hardware worked right out of the box (minus the keyboard backlight and light sensors). All I had to do was configure the multitouch and I immediately felt comfortable. It is truly wonderful little distro. No it isn't perfect, and I'm not sure if I'll ever get rid of OSX on my laptop, but I am considering it. Here is a list of things that could be improved (this is probably mostly stuff ubuntu, debian and the upstream packages would have to work out, not crunchbang).
- Short battery life (1 hour vs 3 hours in OSX) due to the wired ethernet driver.
- Decreased Wifi reception (about half the range of the OSX drivers) due to wireless driver.
- Occansional issues with mouse locking up after a suspend (but only since I enabled multitouch).