Installing Fedora 26 Beta on a MacBook Air

Rob

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Since Fedora 26 Beta came out a few days ago, I decided it was a great time to throw it on my 13" MacBook Air.

This MacBook Air is a model number A1466 EMC 2925 which looks like a 2015ish model, 8gb mem, 2.2GHz i7, 512gb ssd.

First thing I did was download the beta. You can grab it from the GetFedora website. Once you have it downloaded, install it to a usb flash drive. From Linux, you can do this easily with the dd command.

Plug your USB drive into your computer and tail /var/log/syslog (or /var/log/messages) to see what flies by. You can also do a 'df -h' to show the storage devices to find the correct /dev/sdX.

In this example, we'll assume the USB flash drive is /dev/sdc
Code:
dd if=/home/rob/Downloads/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26_Beta-1.4.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=8M status=progress oflag=direct
That may take a bit.. let it finish out.

Next, I shut down the macbook, counted to 5 and powered it back on. After hitting the power on button I held down the 'option' button to give me boot options. The image below shows what my choices were:

macbook-air-fedora.jpg

Click the arrow under 'fedora' and proceed with the install.

After going through the installation I noticed that I had no wifi. Luckily I had a thunderbolt-to-ethernet dongle since this laptop doesn't actually have an ethernet port. I hopped on google and found some great instructions from this page.

To set up wifi,
Update your kernel
Code:
sudo dnf update kernel
(then reboot)

Install rpmfusion repo
Code:
su -c 'dnf install -y http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'
Install akmods and kernel-devel packages
Code:
sudo dnf install -y akmods "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"
Install the broadcom-wl package from rpmfusion
Code:
sudo dnf install -y broadcom-wl
Rebuild kernel extensions
Code:
sudo akmods
Then, reboot and hop on your wifi!

Messing around a little bit with it so far, I'm very impressed! All of the function keys work that I care about (screen brightness, keyboard backlight, volume).

Then, in July when the non-beta is released, I'll just dnf my way to it!

Thanks Fedora!
 

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RobberPhex

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I installed Fedora26 at My MacBookPro11,5.

But there are some problems:

  1. cannot wake after suspend.
  2. red light at headphone jack, cannot turn it off.
  3. screen brightness cannot adjust
  4. last, fans running full speed.
 

Mynis

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Since Fedora 26 Beta came out a few days ago, I decided it was a great time to throw it on my 13" MacBook Air.

This MacBook Air is a model number A1466 EMC 2925 which looks like a 2015ish model, 8gb mem, 2.2GHz i7, 512gb ssd.

First thing I did was download the beta. You can grab it from the GetFedora website. Once you have it downloaded, install it to a usb flash drive. From Linux, you can do this easily with the dd command.

Plug your USB drive into your computer and tail /var/log/syslog (or /var/log/messages) to see what flies by. You can also do a 'df -h' to show the storage devices to find the correct /dev/sdX.

In this example, we'll assume the USB flash drive is /dev/sdc
Code:
dd if=/home/rob/Downloads/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26_Beta-1.4.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=8M status=progress oflag=direct
That may take a bit.. let it finish out.

Next, I shut down the macbook, counted to 5 and powered it back on. After hitting the power on button I held down the 'option' button to give me boot options. The image below shows what my choices were:

View attachment 2763
Click the arrow under 'fedora' and proceed with the install.

After going through the installation I noticed that I had no wifi. Luckily I had a thunderbolt-to-ethernet dongle since this laptop doesn't actually have an ethernet port. I hopped on google and found some great instructions from this page.

To set up wifi,
Update your kernel
Code:
sudo dnf update kernel
(then reboot)

Install rpmfusion repo
Code:
su -c 'dnf install -y http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'
Install akmods and kernel-devel packages
Code:
sudo dnf install -y akmods "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"
Install the broadcom-wl package from rpmfusion
Code:
sudo dnf install -y broadcom-wl
Rebuild kernel extensions
Code:
sudo akmods
Then, reboot and hop on your wifi!

Messing around a little bit with it so far, I'm very impressed! All of the function keys work that I care about (screen brightness, keyboard backlight, volume).

Then, in July when the non-beta is released, I'll just dnf my way to it!

Thanks Fedora!
Hi Rob,

Thanks so much for sharing this.

I followed your steps and was able to successfully install Fedora 27 on my MacBook Air 2013 Model. I also ran in to the WiFi Adapter issue but once again by following your steps, the OS now detects the WiFi Adapter and I can connect to wireless networks without issue.


Regards,
Mynis
 


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