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I'm interested in abandoning OS X in favour of ElementaryOS, a Linux distribution.

Before I do that, I want to know about any "gotchas" which would make installing Linux on a Retina MacBook Pro different from installing it on other hardware.

The two possible hangup points in my mind are:

  • The proprietary bootloader

  • The lack of an optical drive (I've already dd-ed the installation .iso onto a flash drive)

I'd like to know if these are indeed things to worry about, and how (if?) I can get around them. I'd also like to know if there's anything else I should look out for during the installation.

My OS X version is 10.11.5.

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Assuming you made the installation media properly, you should have no issues installing ElementaryOS on your MacBook Pro.

Here are directions from the ElementaryOS website.

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