How can we make F17 be able to boot on Macs (with or without reFit)

Andreas Tunek andreas.tunek at
Fri Dec 2 11:08:17 UTC 2011

As you all might know, it is currently impossible to boot the default
install of F16 on Macs. It does not seem to matter if you use boot
loaders such as reFit and Bootcamp or remove MacOS completely and try
to boot. Apparently, if you somehow (how to use it is not very clear
from the "Common F16 bugs" page,
use the nogpt kernel parameter you might be able to install F16.

There are a couple of bugs open regarding this, and are two examples.

It seems like the boot procedure has changed quite a bit from F15 to
F16, and not just the GRUB2 change. I am sure these were changed for
the best of reasons, but it is very frustrating to not be able to use
F16 on hardware that could run previous Fedoras very well. Also, there
are a lot of Macs out in the wild, and by excluding them we shut out a
large amount of (possible users).

So what could be done about this? Would it be enough to have a visible
nopgt option in Anaconda? Should we do special "Boot test days"? Or is
something else needed?


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