Got Linux installed on the Macbook Pro Retina. Just like last time when I installed Linux on one of these macs, the major annoyance is that distros don't just install an EFI boot loader and EFI boot by default. Most of the time of the install is spent doing that manually after install, ugh. Random notes and hints:

- It requires intremap=off to boot, otherwise a nice panic ensues fairly quickly. Haven't looked into that yet.
- The Intel graphics aren't supported yet, so I'm stuck with Nvidia. On my previous macbook, my main reason for EFI booting was getting access to the Intel graphics. The AMD chip doubled power consumption of the notebook, rendering it hot and with an embarrassingly short battery runtime. Not a huge problem with Nvidia, but long term I'll definitely switch to Intel once it works. Note that you'll need the Nvidia beta drivers, the latest released version doesn't support this chipset yet.
- Backlight control of the display doesn't work.
- Cranking up the DPI helps makes the GUI somewhat usable. There are still some really small bits in there, but it's usable for me.
- EFI boot is a requirement, otherwise the Nvidia graphics don't work either.
- Apparently the EFI physical mode patches aren't needed anymore. Yay.
- 3.6-rc1 already has the patches for HID and input support. Only the bluetooth stuff is missing.
- The SSD is pretty snappy. Get about 15K IOPS sync, and 450-500MB/sec read/write performance.
- Audio, wifi, USB, SD, etc just works. Wifi with b43 is stuck at non-N modes apparently (thanks +Johannes Berg), so I'd rate that at 50% functional. I really really wish that it would work faster. Even my internet connection is faster than this, up or down.
- Suspend/resume works fine. And it resumes a lot faster than OSX, which is nice.
- Multitouch works out of the box, but it doesn't have the right "feel". Looks like I should try the alternative xf86-input-mtrack from "Bluedragon". Haven't done that yet.

All in all, it went better than expected. I recently upgraded my workstation and installed Linux Mint on it (I like apt based distros, and Ubuntu with gnome3/unity is horrible, and debian is way too outdated), so that was the choice for this notebook too. Just put the ISO on a usb stick and installed from that.
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