Debian on a Mac Mini
It should be surprisingly easy according to this page...
debian-8.6.0-amd64-DVD-1.isoGo here and download the first dvd iso of the latest release.
- I am installing on this Macmini 3,1.
- The internal DVD "Superdrive" would not accept the freshly burned DVD so i attached my external USB DVD and that worked... Apple optical drives suck ;-)
- Non free firmware (b43/ucode11.fw) is needed to make the wireless NIC work according to the install dvd. I opted to not supply this during DVD install.
It worked like a charm... question now isfor what purpose i should use it ;-)
I started over and installed without any graphical desktop because i never use that on unix/linux systems.
http://wiki.debian.org/iwconfig was a big help too...
This might help: Mac Mini (late 2012) will not show any wireless networks.
sudo apt install firmware-b43-installer
Then configure the wireless interface as appropriate.
This is what dmesk looks like when the WLAN interface driver works:
[email protected]:~$ sudo dmesg |grep b43 [ 3.933890] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4331 WLAN found (core revision 29) [ 3.934307] b43-phy0: Found PHY: Analog 9, Type 7 (HT), Revision 1 [ 3.934316] b43-phy0: Found Radio: Manuf 0x17F, ID 0x2059, Revision 0, Version 1 [ 3.934317] b43-phy0 warning: 5 GHz band is unsupported on this PHY [ 3.936382] b43 bcma0:1: firmware: direct-loading firmware b43/ucode29_mimo.fw [ 3.936601] b43 bcma0:1: firmware: direct-loading firmware b43/ht0initvals29.fw [ 3.936831] b43 bcma0:1: firmware: direct-loading firmware b43/ht0bsinitvals29.fw [ 3.977886] b43 bcma0:1 wlp2s0b1: renamed from wlan0 [email protected]:~$