It isn't supported by default using Ubuntu but it's as handy as hell, the apple infrared remote control. After some mayor headaches I finally succeeded to configure it manually on my MacBook Pro 3.1 running Ubuntu 10.04.
It's quite easy once you know how.
Installation of the lirc library:
$ sudo apt-get install lirc
Adapting the configuration files (make sure to backup them first!):
$ sudo cp /old/file /new/file.bak
# /etc/lirc/hardware.conf # #Chosen Remote Control REMOTE="Apple Mac mini USB IR Receiver" REMOTE_MODULES="uinput" REMOTE_DRIVER="macmini" REMOTE_DEVICE="/dev/usb/hiddev0" REMOTE_SOCKET="" REMOTE_LIRCD_CONF="" REMOTE_LIRCD_ARGS="--uinput" #Chosen IR Transmitter TRANSMITTER="None" TRANSMITTER\_MODULES="" TRANSMITTER\_DRIVER="" TRANSMITTER\_DEVICE="" TRANSMITTER\_SOCKET="" TRANSMITTER\_LIRCD\_CONF="" TRANSMITTER\_LIRCD\_ARGS="" #Enable lircd START\_LIRCD=true #Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file #START\_LIRCMD="false" #Try to load appropriate kernel modules LOAD\_MODULES="true" # Default configuration files for your hardware if any LIRCMD\_CONF="" #Forcing noninteractive reconfiguration #If lirc is to be reconfigured by an external application #that doesn't have a debconf frontend available, the noninteractive frontend can be invoked and set to parse REMOTE and TRANSMITTER #It will then populate all other variables without any user input #If you would like to configure lirc via standard methods, be sure #to leave this set to "false" FORCE\_NONINTERACTIVE\_RECONFIGURATION="false" START\_LIRCMD="" # Remote settings required by gnome-lirc-properties REMOTE\_MODEL="A1156" REMOTE\_VENDOR="Apple" # Receiver settings required by gnome-lirc-properties RECEIVER\_MODEL="Built-in\\ IR\\ Receiver\\ \\(0x8242\\)" RECEIVER\_VENDOR="Apple" **/etc/lirc/lircd.conf** ``# This configuration has been automatically generated # by the GNOME LIRC Properties control panel. # # Feel free to add any custom remotes to the configuration # via additional include directives or below the existing # include directives from your selected remote and/or # transmitter. #`` # Configuration selected with GNOME LIRC Properties # include begin remote name AppleRemote bits 8 eps 30 aeps 100 one 0 0 zero 0 0 pre\_data\_bits 24 pre\_data 0x87EE81 gap 211982 toggle\_bit\_mask 0x0 ignore\_mask 0x0000ff01 begin codes KEY\_VOLUMEUP 0x0B KEY\_VOLUMEDOWN 0x0D KEY\_PREVIOUSSONG 0x08 KEY\_NEXTSONG 0x07 KEY\_PLAYPAUSE 0x04 KEY\_MENU 0x02 end codes end remote
# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time. # # This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded # at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored. lp usbhid applesmc
blacklist applesmc blacklist usbhid
Restart the lirc daemon after adopted the configuration:
$ /etc/init.d/lirc restart
To see if the daemon successfully started and is using the right driver:
$ ps aux | grep lirc
If everything went well you should be able to use the remote without any hassle and you could use the apple hardware user experience on a linux distribution!