Fedora 13 Beta on MacBook Aluminum 5,1 Coming Monday….

Update: I have written it and scheduled it for Monday. It’ll show up here for those of you who are impatient.

Hello All,

I just wanted to let you know that I’m skipping a day so I can start working on getting a semi-formal review for how Fedora 13 runs on the MacBook Aluminum for Monday. See ya’ll then!


PS. For those of you wanting to play along, you’ll need to add the following line to the end of the bootup options (press Tab on the main boot screen):
(via bugzilla.redhat.com)

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There's 4 Comments So Far

  • Gene
    April 19th, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I’ve installed F13 beta on MBP 5,1 in BIOS mode.

    Installation from DVD didn’t work out of the box. Xorg failed to detect video card. Setting “nomodeset xdriver=vesa” kernel parameters didn’t help. Looks like anaconda installer doesn’t use them. So I had to switch to VT2, run Xorg -configure to create a new xorg.conf, change driver to vesa and finally fix anaconda installer code to pick my new generated xorg.conf.
    After this manipulations I ran “anaconda -G –updates=updates=http://people.fedoraproject.org/~jwrdegoede/updates-572488” and completed installation process in graphics mode.

    Waiting for your results!

  • [email protected]
    April 19th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Welp! The results are posted here:

    As for installing F13 on MB 5,1 in BIOS mode, I’ve never done that before. I utilized rEFIt to dual boot Mac OSX and Linux. Things went rather smoothly after applying the update as shown in the post above. I, and other readers looking for answers, always appreciate feedback and resolutions to problems had. So, thanks for explaining what you did to get things fixed up in BIOS mode.

  • Gene
    April 19th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    IMHO, if you’ve started Fedora CD/DVD installer by holding a C-key or Option-key, then you’ve ran it in BIOS emulation mode.
    In this case rEFIt just provides you a proper BIOS emulation initialization and help to select and boot your installed Linux.
    So I think that you have now a Linux running in a BIOS emulation mode.

  • [email protected]
    April 19th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Well, I’ll be honest and say that I have never even heard of this BIOS emulation until now. I took a second or two to see what I could track down, but I didn’t come across any incredibly reliable sources other than the inforamation on rEFIt’s Myths and Facts page. As far as I can tell, when I hold down “c” when booting, I’m simply telling EFI to boot from the media in the CD/DVD drive. I then proceed to install Fedora on a partition I’ve set aside for it, setup the GRUB bootloader on the very same partition I’ve installed the root filesystem to, and then reboot to a graphical selection menu provided by rEFIt. Here, I use the provided partition tool to correct the MBR or what-not, fully boot to Mac OSX at least one, restart, and then boot to Linux successfully. I didn’t come across any problems like Xorg failing or anything. I wonder if this is a difference between the MB 5,1 and MBP 5,1 (with additional video card and larger monitor). Anyways, there’s more than one way to skin a ca… well, there’s more than one way to do things!

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