Macbook Pro 13.3" (5,5) Fedora 12 notes

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at
Wed Apr 7 21:27:03 UTC 2010

On Wed, Apr 07, 2010 at 05:14:32PM -0400, Jon Masters wrote:

> What would be the correct way to enable synclient support? I didn't find
> any documentation so had to go poking to figure out the "right" thing.

Don't use synclient. Use xinput.

> I only just found all of these issues. I'll file some bugs later.

Please file bugs before posting workarounds. It means there's a much 
better chance of these issues not perpetuating.

> I agree. I'm not interested in perpetuating anything, however I am
> interested in a Macbook being useful right now rather than in 6 or 12
> months from now. Therefore I'll take some horrible VT hack for suspend,
> and I'll live with a kludged up mouse driver that actually works for me.
> I wanted to share some instructions for those who can't figure this out
> but nonetheless do buy a Macbook and want to run Fedora with it today.

With the exception of the closed driver requirements, I'm unaware of any 
reason why these issues wouldn't be fixed within a week. Encouraging 
others to utilise these workarounds perpetuates the implication that 
they're necessary, reducing the probability that anyone will ever get 
around to filing a bug and things getting fixed. Search Google and 
you'll find thousands of pages where people describe their workarounds, 
in many cases for issues that never get dealt with properly because 
people have their itch scratched and can't be bothered reporting the 
problem. This hurts the people who then have to continue applying their 
workarounds every cycle, and hurts the people who won't even bother 
trying to find workarounds or file bugs when things don't just work out 
of the box.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at

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