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Macbookpro experiencies with f21?

asked 2014-12-29 10:53:34 +0000

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updated 2014-12-29 14:23:01 +0000

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Macs are quite fickle when it comes to using an operating system other than osx. It'll probably be a good idea to start a thread cataloging people experiences with them. Here's the issues I've had with a macbook pro 11,1:

I found these links to be incredulbly helpful:

https://chaidarun.com/fedora-mbp http://anderson.the-silvas.com/2014/02/14/fedora-20-on-a-macbook-pro-13-late-2013-retina-display/ https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/MacBook

Here are a few of the specifics that may not be included in the above links:


I needed to installed the broadcom drivers:

yum install akmod-wl kernel-devel

These drivers are from the fusionrpms repo.
If you upgrade to a new kernel, you may have to run:

akmods --akmod wl

But I'm now getting this odd dmesg error:

ERROR @wl_inform_single_bss : cfg80211_inform_bss_frame error



-- Hotting plugging seems to work on the fedora 21 kernels if you added the kernel command line:


-- But, it's quite unstable, especially when the thunderbolt device is removed. I found that if you manually remove the pci device created by the thunderbolt module prior to the removal of the actual thunderbolt device, it will not cause a kernel panic when that device is removed. The command I use is:

su -c "echo -n 1 > 0000:08:00.0/remove"

But you may need to change the "0000:08:00.0" to a different device depending on your system.

-- Also, the thunderbolt drivers crash when the kernel sleeps. The only kernel that this seems not to happen to is the 3.18.1 rawhide kernel.


-- The tempurature tends to get fairly high. One solution is to turn off turbo with

su -c "echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/intel_pstate/no_turbo"

Also, I installed the thermald deamon. There is not a rpm yet so I had to install it manually. Here is the url:


Also, the "cpupower" command is useful. You can alternate between two governers:

cpupower frequency-set -rg performance


cpupower frequency-set -rg powersave

light sensor

-- There's a nifty program that will adust the screen backlight based on ambient light tempurature:


Although, it's too bad it won't work out of the box for Fedora (evil Debian lol) :/. The main problem is that it uses the wrong paths for the DBus services. You'll have to change the paths in the "dbus-session.c" and "dbus.c" and reocompile. qdbusveiwer is a good tool to figure out the correct dbus paths:

yum install qt-qdbusviewer

Although, it still seems not to work with kde. I made a qt version for kde. I'll eventually make it available on some nebulus place on the web.

Tricking macs into thinking you're running Mac OS

-- There's a patch to grub that adds a "apple_set_os" that somehow tricks mac into thinking you're loading Mac OS:


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I've recently switched to Fedora on my Macbook and your post and the links provided most of the answers. There's one thing I can't get though, how do I add acpi_osi=Darwin to the Kernel for Thunderbolt hot-plugging? I've never done that before and Google didn't provide a clear answer.

alexk ( 2015-01-22 13:45:47 +0000 )edit

If you use grub2, insert acpi_osi=Darwin to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX in /etc/default/grub and then recreate your grub.cfg configuration by running grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg (if you don't use EFI then the command is grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg)

piribes ( 2015-04-14 12:07:14 +0000 )edit

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answered 2015-04-14 11:42:42 +0000

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How I can install cpupower frequency-info --governors on fedora 21 ? So, I can change CPU from performance to powersave as this extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extensio...

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Run yum install kernel-tools to get che cpupower command

piribes ( 2015-04-16 11:21:36 +0000 )edit

answered 2015-09-14 00:24:31 +0000

I'm not able to shutdown the machine, it hangs in Fedora Logo. It's a white Intel Macbook late 2010. Did that happened to you?

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