I have a Macbook Pro 6,1 17" (Mid 2010) and it was working decently with ArchLabs for 2 years, but it was time for a fresh install. Below is my adventure in hopes that it will help others with cult of Mac hardware.
I used the 2020.05.04 ArchLabs install.
First, this particular install did not go well. I tried about 6 times with a number of different options. Finally, without LUKS and the help of the many posts on install issues here in the forum, I got it.
And then, there are some issues with a filename which I found here in the forum.
Upon reboot startup was frozen at some errors around my ethernet/wifi adapter. I chose to use reFind as my boot manager and couldn’t figure out how to boot to a command line. Meh. I installed again but after typing all the packages to install by hand, I followed instructions to fix the wifi adapter I wrote before. Now, when I ran the command to check if it worked, it did not look as if it did. Upon restart, the laptop booted fine. Did I fix it? Or was something else unrelated screwed up the first time?
Next, I couldn’t seem to get packages to install now that I had the OS running. I had to first install binutils and base-devel. After that, I could build packages without errors about "strip library or binary and a failure occured in build().
My volume keys work. The keyboard brightness keys also function. I don’t seem to be able to use the screen brightness keys. So I will continue my adventure to install my previous apps and see if I can figure out the screen brightness (and sleep which was one of the things that broke after 2yrs of AL).
I have a pkglist.txt but I fear if I install it all I will be back to issues I had before. I think I’ll install the things I want from the txt file, rather than try to edit it. That’s tomorrow. I think it’s time for a break.