After more than 5 years I couldn’t stand the disastrous performance of
Docker4Mac anymore. Running a monolith that is about 10 years old is a real pain in the ass.
Docker is not the only one to blame here. Tight coupling between numerous systems does not help either. Nevertheless, I saw how slow my laptop was even on very small projects.
Moreover I used my machine very intensively and I felt it at the end of the race. It was time to give it a second wind.
Thanks @kipit for his precious help !
- MacBookPro Mi 2015
- CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5287U CPU @ 2.90GHz
- RAM 2 X DDR3 Synchrone 1867 MHz
- Webcam Broadcom 720p FaceTime HD Camera
- WiFi Broadcom BCM43602 802.11ac Wireless LAN
- SATA APPLE SSD SM0256
1/ Data backup
With a fresh new Operating System install, I plan to overwrite everything already on my disk so I take care to keep everything that seems important to me.
Personal and professional documents, but also configuration files. For example my
2/ Having OSX just in case
The installation of Ubuntu may fail or I may be disappointed with the new OS. I should be able to go back and reinstall Apple’s Operating System. The procedure is well explained.
3/ Download Ubuntu
4/ Turning a USB flash drive into a bootable image
I used Balena Etcher which is a small tool very simple to use. You select the file (on your disk or from HTTP) then the USB flash drive.
I encountered a small problem during this stage. The tool told me that the disc I wanted to write to was busy. I had to use the following command to solve the problem:
diskutil umount /path/to/your/disk
5/ Install Ubuntu
I reboot the Mac while holding down the
Option (or alt) key. The
boot menu appears and I can select my USB flash drive containing
The installation is very simple. The wizard guides us through the essential steps.
The Mac keyboard is recognized without any problem and is available in the list of available keyboards.
WiFi works very well too. I had no problems connecting to a wireless network with an excellent download speed (~100Mbits/s).
It is also possible to encrypt your disk.
6/ Docker & docker-compose
docker I didn’t have any particular worries. Everything is very well explained.
⚠️ Take care to read the paragraph at the end of the installation on the management of rights and groups. A
docker is added but there is nobody in it. This means that only the
root user can execute
docker commands. If you want to use
sudo, follow this documentation.
docker-compose I used
sudo apt install docker-compose
To make the monolith working on my machine I need
python (2!) and
To avoid conflicts between
python versions I use pyenv. I suggest you to read whole
pyenv is installed, I can install whatever
python version I want:
pyenv install 2.7.18
$(pyenv root)/versions/2.7.18/bin/pip install fabric==1.14.0
I set an
alias to make
fabric easier to use:
#.zshrc alias fab="$(pyenv root)/versions/2.7.18/bin/fab"
Ubuntu Software, which is the equivalent of the
App Store on
Ubuntu, I was able to install
PHPStorm. I didn’t encounter any particular problem. The applications seem to work well. I didn’t find
Notion but their webapp works very well on
I was able to connect my
AirPods with my machine with
Bluetooth. However the sound quality is not as good. Moreover I have the impression that the distance allowed between the laptop and the airpods to continue to function is much less than on OSX.