Fedora 13 on mac book pro 13″


I used preupgrade to updgrade Fedora from 12 to 13.

After the process, I had to resync the partition in refit to be able to boot Linux.

I rebuilded the needed packages for nvidia and the broadcom wireless card.

I needed also to do some modifications to be able to use the integrated iSight webcam:

1. download the apple firmware :

wget http://www.i-nz.net/files/projects/linux-kernel/isight/against-revision-140/firmware/AppleUSBVideoSupport

then extract it (using the Fedora 12 package isight-firmware-tools) :

[root@delvaux ~]# su -c "ift-extract --apple-driver AppleUSBVideoSupport"

after this operation it should be working for most of the macbook pro, but not for this model, another change is needed.

first find the idProduct number:

[fred@delvaux Desktop]$ lsusb -v | grep  iSight -B 3 | grep idProduct
  idProduct          0x8507 

and mofify the file /etc/udev/rules.d/isight.rules with the returned value :

[root@delvaux rules.d]# cat isight.rules 
ACTION=="add", SYSFS{idVendor}=="05ac", SYSFS{idProduct}=="8507", RUN+="/usr/lib64/udev/ift-load --firmware /lib/firmware/isight.fw"

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8 thoughts on “Fedora 13 on mac book pro 13″

  1. How to install fedora fc13 on macbook pro 13″?
    Please tell me all the detail step coz I’m newbe here,..

      1. Hi!
        You mentioned you got the wireless card working.
        Could you tell me how to do that? Where can I find any info?
        I got fedora working on my macbook pro. It’s neat!

        1. Hi Daniel,

          you must install kmod-wl to be able to use the wireless card.

          the latest module in installed from rpmfusion-nonfree-updates repository.

          Name        : kmod-wl
          Arch        : x86_64
          Version     :
          Release     : 2.fc14.2
          Size        : 0.0  
          Repo        : installed
          From repo   : rpmfusion-nonfree-updates
          Summary     : Metapackage which tracks in wl kernel module for newest kernel
          URL         : http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
          License     : Redistributable, no modification permitted
          Description : This is a meta-package without payload which sole purpose is to require the
                      : wl kernel module(s) for the newest kernel.
                      : to make sure you get it together with a new kernel.
          1. Hi,

            how is the battery reacting to Fedora? Did you notice an evident shortened life?
            Do you know if fedora recognize the video output (to projector or screens)?


          2. all is nice, battery and suspend on close works fine (a bit less smooth then macosx)

            for the video output you need to use nvidia-settings and it works fine !

  2. Heya,
    Thanks for this post, it worked absolutely fine on my late ’09 MBP. I didn’t even have to go the extra mile you had to.

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