I have a MacBook Pro 13" early 2011 version and tried to install Ubuntu on it recently. I got a error about cannot find valid source or something similar. This happens with a live disk or during a proper install. Some googling revealing that its a problem with the installer being unable to read from the the optical drive due to a driver issue and you will have to have a bootable USB Ubuntu installer as well as a DVD/CD installer to get it to work. Also, I read that i'll have to use rEFIt to bypass the MacBooks use of EFI that prevents Linux from booting and blah, blah, blah.
Is there a plain and simple way to either install Linux to a partition on my MacBook or use a LiveCD/DVD without having to jump through hoops? I've installed and used Linux on Windows desktops and laptops many times before and it was easier to setup than Windows. I've even tried custom versions of Debian and Ubuntu that claim to have built-in support for MacBooks but they fail to install with the same error. Any help is appreciated.