Since I haven’t received a response yet:
I went ahead and installed PureOS inside a VM. Can someone on the dev team point me to the necessary repos to build a new live disc? I’d like to try to modify the ISO disc with the changes I need.
I think I need these, but not 100% sure:
Unfortunately, the sticky that’s there does not tell me how to officially contact Purism for support.
Regardless, I solved the issue for me. It’s honestly sad how little anyone responded to me here or on the issue tracker. I’m hopeful for PureOS, but it needs a community open to bringing more folks into the fold.
Apple’s products are proprietary and it is very hard to help folks install PureOS, or any OS, on their hardware. Purism also has limited resources and spends those resources on designing and building great hardware that runs coreboot, disables Intel’s Management Engine, and provides considerably more security and privacy that proprietary systems can. Supporting Apple hardware is really Apple’s job.
Well not to mention that Apple specifically makes their driver support for other OS’s really poor. Imagine a Windows installation with the system fan always at full bore, and no help from Apple or the promise of an improved EC driver. Then they run ads that say that OS X even is better for your hardware.
With Apple it is the walled garden or bust, literally.
Thanks for the reply. I wasn’t really looking for an “official response”, even a simple community response is fine (even including one that just says ‘we have no idea’). I guess I just don’t understand where people “hang out” to discuss PureOS. Seems it’s only PureOS on Librem or libre hardware here, and questions outside of that either get ignored or told to wait for an “official response”, which you are saying will never happen.
But, c’est la vie, I am enjoying PureOS and have only booted into macOS twice to get some files I missed since getting it installed. I’m hopeful for a more welcoming community around PureOS, and will keep searching for one.
I mentioned this in another thread, but Fedora releases installer discs specifically for Apple computers, as evidenced by the .VolumeIcon.icns files present in the ESP of the installer disc. Your biggest problem with installing most GNU/Linux distros on Apple hardware is almost certainly going to com in the form of proprietary drivers for your wifi card; I once installed an Arch derivative that had broadcom-wl present in the newly-installed system, but I can’t remember which one it was, so I would stick with my initial recommendation of Fedora.
Ultimately, PureOS is one of the worst choices you can make for trying to have an easy-setup experience on Apple hardware. It would be much better to get used to Linux with a distro that doesn’t take such a stand on proprietary software, then swtich to PureOS when you decide you can live with Linux and buy a Librem 15 to replace your MacBook.