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

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Fri Dec 2 20:21:49 UTC 2011

On Fri, 2011-12-02 at 11:54 -0800, John Reiser wrote:
> On 12/02/2011 10:20 AM, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > On Fri, 2011-12-02 at 12:08 +0100, Andreas Tunek wrote:
> >> As you all might know, it is currently impossible to boot the default
> >> install of F16 on Macs.
> > I'm not entirely sure that's correct. We had several reports of
> > successful EFI installs of F16 in the relevant bug reports at RC stage.
> > 
> > What are you basing this apparently authoritative declaration on?
> The Fedora 16 install DVD x86_64 won't even boot on my MacBookPro.

We explicitly don't support native EFI installs on Macs, at the request
of the anaconda team, as Apple's EFI implementation is hideous. Having
said that, I'm pretty sure at least a few people reported success on
Macs with the changes to grub2 between Beta and Final, but I'm having
trouble digging up the references.

Macs are always a puzzle and a mess, don't get me wrong. But I didn't
think the situation was as black and white as 'you cannot install F16 on
a Mac'.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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