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

Andreas Tunek andreas.tunek at
Sat Dec 3 17:19:27 UTC 2011

2011/12/2 Adam Williamson <awilliam at>:
> On Fri, 2011-12-02 at 21:39 +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 02, 2011 at 12:21:49PM -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
>> > 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'.
>> Macs won't do legacy boots off gpt partitions.
> Okay, so if you have one of the Macs we can't do EFI boot on, the
> situation is indeed 'you must install via BIOS emulation and use 'nogpt'
> parameter', it seems.
> --

Yes, and the question becomes, can we make this easier in F17?


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