FEdora 18

Installing Fedora 18 on a Macbook Air (mid-2012)

┬áIf you’re like me, you’re a little eager for the GA release of Fedora 18. I have been using the Beta on all of my kit for the past week and I have to say, I absolutely love it.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get the Beta installed on my Macbook Air…

I found out last night, that I have been having issues because of a bug in the efibootmgr package which was on the Beta release DVD.

If you have been able to run the installation media perfectly fine, yet keep scratching your head as to why the boot loader installation fails, perhaps this might be applying to you as well. If you’d like to see details about the bug, click here. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=873629

After reading through the bugzilla thread, I noticed that the issue was resolved and the new Test Candidate installer should fix the issue.

The long story short is, they were right. I downloaded the Fedora 18 x86_64 Test Candidate 2 DVD media and it worked perfectly.

If you can’t find a mirror to download the test candidate, click here.

https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/stage/18-TC2/Fedora/x86_64/iso/Fedora-18-TC2-x86_64-DVD.iso

It looks like the days of adding the “noapic nointremap nomodeset” arguments to the kernel boot options are now behind us. The installation proceedure is exactly like any normal x86 hardware now. (With the exception of holding down the “option” key to get to the boot menu of course).

 

I have only been able to verify that this installation works on the Macbook Air (mid-2012). If you are using a different Macbook and this installation is now working successful, please leave a comment for those readers looking for solutions.