Recently, I’ve been using MacBook Air along with its default OS macOS Sierra for about a year. I decided to switch back to Fedora once I started noticing the decreasing customizability after every update. Also there were a lot of API level changes that somehow always ended up breaking my workflow.
The following are the steps with which I got Fedora completely working on my machine.
Alternatively, you can use
dd utility to do the same without the Fedora Media Writer by doing
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- Create a partition using DiskUtility Mac Hardrive > Partition > + > Name= Fedora, Size = 30~50 GB
Keep in mind, since Mac will only allow a single more partition to be added, keep the partition size as high as possible if you’re going to use fedora as your primary OS.
Click on Apply and Confirm to get a new partition.
- Insert the USB and reboot the system while pressing the opt/alt key
Select the USB disk and Select Start fedora live.
The following screens should be fairly simple
- For the installation destination select the main hard-drive and select “I would like to make additional space available”.
Select the Fedora Disk partition click “Delete” and then on “Reclaim space” this will automatically reclaim the space and create space for Fedora.
- Proceed with installation along with creating a user with password and root password.
Get the Wi-Fi working by installing the broadcom drivers (You’ll need to connect to internet via bluetooth/USB tethering, which thankfully work).
Update fedora by running
sudo dnf update
Fix the camera by installing the reverse-engineered FaceTime HD drivers by running the following
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Check it by running Cheese.
- Run the following commands to fix the keyboard bugs
You can optionally switch control and CapsLock and make Return act like control when long-pressed by installing xcape and running
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- Install Gnome Tweak tool by
sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool
Typing > Alt/Win behavior > Alt is Swapped with Win
Install Gestures for trackpad by installing libinput gestures
For battery optimizations install
/etc/systemd/system/powertop.service with this content
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sudo systemctl enable powertop.service
- Mount the Mac Disk by
sudo mount -t "hfsplus" /dev/sda2 /media/mac
You can get the name of the disk by the Disks program. To have write access to the mount partition
Reboot into Mac (by holding the option/alt key)
diskutil disableJournal /Volumes/TheMacVolumeName
Reboot into Fedora
chmodall the files Recursively
Also, you can add it to the your fstab
You can now enjoy your Fedora install and carry on to install some other utilities on Fedora.