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Installing Fedora 26 Beta on a MacBook Air

Discussion in 'Installation' started by Rob, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Rob

    Rob Administrator
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    Since Fedora 26 Beta came out a few days ago, I decided it was a great time to throw it on my 13" MacBook Air.

    This MacBook Air is a model number A1466 EMC 2925 which looks like a 2015ish model, 8gb mem, 2.2GHz i7, 512gb ssd.

    First thing I did was download the beta. You can grab it from the GetFedora website. Once you have it downloaded, install it to a usb flash drive. From Linux, you can do this easily with the dd command.

    Plug your USB drive into your computer and tail /var/log/syslog (or /var/log/messages) to see what flies by. You can also do a 'df -h' to show the storage devices to find the correct /dev/sdX.

    In this example, we'll assume the USB flash drive is /dev/sdc
    Code:
    dd if=/home/rob/Downloads/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26_Beta-1.4.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=8M status=progress oflag=direct
    That may take a bit.. let it finish out.



    Next, I shut down the macbook, counted to 5 and powered it back on. After hitting the power on button I held down the 'option' button to give me boot options. The image below shows what my choices were:

    macbook-air-fedora.jpg
    Click the arrow under 'fedora' and proceed with the install.

    After going through the installation I noticed that I had no wifi. Luckily I had a thunderbolt-to-ethernet dongle since this laptop doesn't actually have an ethernet port. I hopped on google and found some great instructions from this page.

    To set up wifi,
    Update your kernel
    Code:
    sudo dnf update kernel
    (then reboot)

    Install rpmfusion repo
    Code:
    su -c 'dnf install -y http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'
    Install akmods and kernel-devel packages
    Code:
    sudo dnf install -y akmods "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"
    Install the broadcom-wl package from rpmfusion
    Code:
    sudo dnf install -y broadcom-wl
    Rebuild kernel extensions
    Code:
    sudo akmods
    Then, reboot and hop on your wifi!

    Messing around a little bit with it so far, I'm very impressed! All of the function keys work that I care about (screen brightness, keyboard backlight, volume).

    Then, in July when the non-beta is released, I'll just dnf my way to it!

    Thanks Fedora!
     

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  2. RobberPhex

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    I installed Fedora26 at My MacBookPro11,5.

    But there are some problems:

    1. cannot wake after suspend.
    2. red light at headphone jack, cannot turn it off.
    3. screen brightness cannot adjust
    4. last, fans running full speed.
     
  3. Rob

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    I've noticed wake after suspend, but get it to wake somehow, haven't noticed the red light. The screen brightness works for me, I'll check on the fans
     

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