Ubuntu and KDE Neon will make your older MacBook’s run faster than a brand new, top of the line MacBook Pro with OSX Mojave.
Despite my early 2011 Macbook Pro having a Core i5, 8gb ram and a Sata 6 SSD drive, Apple decided future versions of OSX can no longer run on it. It was just was well though because OSX Mojave runs like complete dog crap with over 35% CPU usage and 80% of my total RAM being used without actually doing anything on the machine.
There was a time when I gave OSX a try in a professional setting. That time lasted maybe a month when I realized that Apple OSX will never be as good as Linux. Don’t get me wrong, OSX tries hard, very hard to be Linux. Brew brought many Linux applications to OSX, but it just wasn’t the same. OSX just couldn’t cut it as an engineering tool.
Apple has decided to run with the quantity over quality mindset. Pump out as many unnecessary features as possible so that perfectly capable MacBook Pro laptops can become obsolete by force. In this case however, OSX Mojave is so bloated, even newer hardware has problems running it.
Installing Ubuntu on a MacBook is very simple. Download the latest version of Ubuntu (18.04 at the time of this writing) and burn it to a USB stick. Follow our guide on creating bootable USB sticks on OSX here. Hold the option key in while starting your MBP and boot off the USB stick.
On my late 2011 MBP, OSX Mojave was running over 35% CPU and used over 80% of my 8 gigabytes of ram. Running Ubuntu 18.10 on the same laptop dropped my CPU usage to 3% and 0.5% memory usage making me question Apple’s motives even more.
Ubuntu on my MacBook pro is just awesome. I’ve got KDEnlive for video editing, GIMP for image processing, both are comparable to commercially available products from Adobe.
Security is top notch on Linux with built in firewalls and an endless list of security software tools. If you are of the ultra paranoid type you can create firewall rules that will deny everything from accessing your computer. Good luck doing that on a Mac (or even Windows).
If you are looking for the ultimate desktop computing experience you should give Ubuntu a shot. There really isn’t anything you can’t do with Linux, it’s all about doing things better.