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

Chris Murphy lists at
Tue Mar 13 20:26:03 UTC 2012

On Mar 13, 2012, at 2:07 PM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> You pointed out that CSM installs don't work - the partition table is 
> entirely inappropriate for them. We're not planning on fixing that.

CSM boot from install media does work. CSM installations don't reboot successfully, without manual creation of a hybrid MBR.

While I understand the reluctance to support hybrid MBR, that is how Apple supports Windows CSM installations. I don't know which is more difficult, squashing the myriad VBIOS bugs with Apple EFI booting, or tolerating hybrid MBRs.

Even with successful livecd-iso-to-disk USB stick boots in EFI, both of my test computers have outstanding video bugs that translate into no GUI. By successful, I mean the kernel, initrd, and services load - except for X and gnome/kde. I can ssh in and interact text only.

Chris Murphy

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