Curious if there is a list of hardware successfully running elementary OS.

Reason I ask is because I have 2 MacBook pros, on the newer one, my elementary OS install stick loads into a glorious looking desktop, yet the cursor won't move nor is the keyboard responding. Yet when I load the same stick into a slightly older MacBook Pro, every thing works perfectly.

So here I am, exciting to dig in, wondering if I could buy an older refurbished iMac to run elementary.

If there is a list, I'd like to participate. If not, I am curious if anyone else is interested. Seems to me would be invaluable for increasing rate of adoption and growing a happy user base.

  • Hi user, welcome to eOS SE. Your participation is much appreciated. I have made some changes on your post to help it get found easily and make it look better though your choice of words and format DO describe your problem well.
    – Hasan
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 18:14
  • Thx hasan I see you have added a space between elementary and os. I had removed specifically because I thought it would help people find it amongst the elementary noise :)
    – Winston
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 18:21
  • I have deleted my answer releasing that did not provide clear solution to the question which I failed to understand earlier. Thank you.
    – Hasan
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 21:43

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This is far from official, and in fact is Arch Linux based but is reasonably comprehensive for many different vendors - shows if there are any compatibility issues with Linux modules etc


  • elementary is based on ubuntu and the newest Mac in that list is 5 years old.
    – Winston
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 22:00

No there is not. Hopefully someone will correct me soon.

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    – Hasan
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 9:38
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    Hasan, this is a yes / no question. If you think the answer is yes, please link to the list.
    – Winston
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 20:40
  • I do apologize for that, it was a mistake. My bad. It was an accidental act. I am sorry again.
    – Hasan
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 21:33

Since Elementary is built on Ubuntu, your best bet would probably be to use the Ubuntu Certified Hardware list. Insofar as there's a difference between Elementary and Ubuntu in terms of driver support, it's going to be a pretty minimal difference.

Ubuntu also has a bigger user community; see if the same issue exists with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on a USB stick, and if it does, see if that community can help you.

  • certification.ubuntu.com/desktop does not even list apple. While the image is of a laptop, the list is for desktops and there is no list for laptops
    – Winston
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 20:36
  • The third column is for laptops; 311 from Dell, 94 from Lenovo, and 80 from HP. Apple is probably not listed because it's not certified.
    – Ken Kinder
    Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 16:31

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