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Old 18th June 2012, 08:54 PM
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Fedora on a Macbook

Hi Everyone

I am using a Macbook .The original white one not the Pro(MacBook7,1).It has a Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz.I have been trying to get a fedora installed on it because the RHEL 6 Installation failed.I downloaded the Fedora-17-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso and ran it but it dint boot.After which I used Fedora-16-x86_64-DVD.iso and booted into Anaconda .Using the use free space option I completed the installation.Besides the 30GB Mac Partition, I also had two 45 GB partitions one for Ubuntu and one for Mint now after installing Fedora 16 they both dont work.Only Mac OS X works , How do I get fedora to work on my machine?

Attached is a link of The current partition table in GParted.
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Old 23rd June 2012, 09:37 PM
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Re: Fedora on a Macbook

Try downloading the final release of Fedora 17 (if you haven't already). With a few exceptions I've managed to get F17 to boot on a 7,1 macbook. Send me a PM if you still doesn't boot.

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Old 24th June 2012, 05:09 PM
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Re: Fedora on a Macbook

Tried doing that.Installation says it sucessful but no boot.Even after using rEFIt No boot.
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Old 2nd July 2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: Fedora on a Macbook

wow you have various linux distro on your mac. do you mind sharing which one works the best with macbook pro? I just installed fedora 17 on my macbook pro 2009 and it keeps crashing ... So I'm wondering if i should get some other distro
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Old 3rd July 2012, 06:55 PM
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Re: Fedora on a Macbook

Unfortunately, getting Linux to boot on a Mac can be tricky. Macs use EFI, which is weird, but Macs use their own variety of EFI, which is weirder. It can be done, though. Broadly speaking, you have two choices:
  • Google around or wait for somebody to reply with instructions and try them. Stare at a blank screen if it doesn't work. Repeat until you stumble across an approach that does work. Don't ever modify the way the computer boots, lest you end up unable to get it to boot again.
  • Learn enough about EFI, CSM (EFI's BIOS compatibility layer), and various boot loaders to create a working configuration in spite of whatever your distribution has set up. You'll then be able to get it to work in the future, too, if/when you modify the setup.

The second approach will probably take longer in the short term, but it'll serve you better in the long term. Unfortunately, Web resources are few and far between. Many Linux-on-Mac tutorials simply provide a "recipe" to get it to work, often involving BIOS compatibility, without providing much in the way of background information.

If you care for some background information, my Managing EFI Boot Loaders for Linux page provides information on EFI boot loaders; however, it's not very Mac-specific. I've got my own Linux-on-Mac tutorial, but it's geared toward Ubuntu, so many of the details will differ for a Fedora installation. Still, between the two, that should help you understand what's going on and how to get it to work for you.
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Old 5th July 2012, 12:37 PM
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Re: Fedora on a Macbook

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Originally Posted by sabio0 View Post
wow you have various linux distro on your mac. do you mind sharing which one works the best with macbook pro? I just installed fedora 17 on my macbook pro 2009 and it keeps crashing ... So I'm wondering if i should get some other distro
Ubuntu and Mint work like a charm.Fedora is really hard.
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Old 21st July 2012, 09:20 PM
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Re: Fedora on a Macbook

Fedora doesn't officially support Macs, in particular the CSM-BIOS method of booting used for Windows compatibility, because it depends on creating a hybrid MBR. And Fedora Project is unwilling to support hybrid MBRs. So that's the likely explanation for the difference.

Fedora 17 now supports post-install structures needed to get many Mac models to EFI boot, meaning only the GPT is needed, not a hybrid MBR. It also presents a Startup Disk selection for Fedora as well. For F17, GRUB Legacy EFI is the installed bootloader, and is place not on the EFI System partition, but on a 200MB HFS+ partition which is what Startup Disk is finding.

Some newer Mac models need video driver (kernel module) support that's not yet finished, in order for the startup process to complete. I have had native EFI booting with F17 working since April on a MBP 4,1.
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