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Install F16 on a MacBook (Dual Boot)

asked 2012-03-21 08:12:04 -0500

Shauna gravatar image

I found this question, but it seems to be a little outdated. The other stuff I've found on the matter seems to be older and pretty specific to the version of Mac OS they address (most of which being Tiger or Leopard).

I may be getting a MacBook Pro (with Lion) in the next few weeks or so, and would like to dual boot it with F16. I'm familiar with BootCamp, but only for installing Windows with it. Is installing F16 going to be the same as installing Windows with BootCamp? Are there any "gotchas" that still apply (such as the boot loader issue in the above link), or driver issues I'll need to deal with? I'd like to be able to get it up and running as soon as I can, so I'd like to know as much as I can ahead of time.

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answered 2012-05-26 23:11:19 -0500

agajan gravatar image

Matthew Garrett recently posted a blog entry that describes improvements in Fedora 17 for installation on Apple x86 hardware.

http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/12037.html

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answered 2012-05-24 07:12:42 -0500

I have the same issue. I try to use rEFIt http://refit.sourceforge.net/ and it worked perfectly fine with Ubuntu 12 but I tried F17 RC4 and it does not boot. I use SDA4 for the bootloader because I am afraid that choosing SDA will destroy by OSX boot loader. I red through the guide as well but it seems like a very complicated lengthy process. Has anyone tried F17 with rEFIt yet?

Stephan

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answered 2012-03-23 01:45:01 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

The bugs may have been fixed in the latest livecds. You can get them here: http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/live-respins/

There's also a guide I ran into. I haven't tried it personally though:

http://fedorasolved.org/Members/jmontleon/installing-fedora-16-on-macbooks-using-grub2-efi

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answered 2012-05-27 07:27:31 -0500

I was able to make F17 work by installing grub to SDA. After the first reboot it will not come but calling gptsync from the refit console fixed the boot loader.

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answered 2012-05-27 19:57:59 -0500

rovitotv gravatar image

My answer may not be ideal but you could run Fedora in a virtual machine, that is what I do when I have to use Mac hardware. Generally I try and avoid Mac hardware because I find it difficult to work with.

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