You need to have the kernel headers (e.g. linux-header-generic) installed for the kernel you're compiling for. You also need the build tools (build-essential or similar).
- git clone git://github.com/patjak/mba6x_bl
- cd mba6x_bl
- sudo make install
- sudo depmod -a
Note: You no longer need to specify mba6x_bl as your backlight device in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. This is now handled automatically by promoting the driver above the ACPI backlight interface.
At this point you can load the module
sudo modprobe mba6x_bl
Then restart X (usually log in / log out will do the trick). The module should automatically load on next boot on any MacBook Air 6,x.
Debian dkms package
You can either follow the long route https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kernel/Dev/DKMSPackaging, or
download a pre-made .deb file from http://miek.nl/downloads/2015/mba6xbl-dkms_1.0.0_all.deb,
which can be installed with
Ubuntu specific instructions
Arch Linux dkms package
An Arch Linux prepared package can be found at https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/mba6x_bl-dkms/
A Gentoo ebuild can be had at https://github.com/chrisperelstein/gentoo-overlay/blob/master/x11-drivers/mba6x_bl/mba6x_bl-9999.ebuild. You can install with
layman -o https://github.com/chrisperelstein/gentoo-overlay/raw/master/overlay.xml -a chrisperelstein, unmasking by adding
=x11-drivers/mba6x_bl-9999::chrisperelstein ** to /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords, followed by