Fedora on mac ..rocks

It has been two months since i bought my macbook .I mostly use my desktop for daily work and mac OSX was serving me well . However due to need i started setting fedora on my mac . Arindam did that previously and his fedora installation was fine .

After installation , i found that apart from common issues like wifi and touchpad , sound was missing as well .

So decided on a google search ,which reaveled some post from forums . I tried them and everythings is working good .

Here is a small compilation of those methods .

1. Wifi and sound

these four are needed


P.S : Well , rpmfusion.org is finally here and all these packages are transferred to rpmfusion.org . Please use

yum install rpmfusion-free-release rpmfusion-nonfree-release

and search for above packages . Plus with rpmfusion its better for updating .

Thanks to Thorsten for pointing me out .


mkdir wifidriver
unzip -a R151517.EXE -d wifidriver/
cd wifidriver/DRIVER/
# install ndiswrapper and the wifi driver
rpm -Uhv *ndiswrapper*rpm && rm -i *ndiswrapper*rpm
/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf && rm -rf wifidriver && rm -i R151517.EXE
echo "options snd_hda_intel model=mbp3" >> /etc/modprobe.d/soundcard
echo "blacklist bcm43xx" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo "blacklist ssb" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo "blacklist b43" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
# ndiswrapper is used for wlan0
echo "modprobe ndiswrapper" >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local
echo "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" >> /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
/sbin/service NetworkManager restart

and reboot the mac .

Pommed helps in  controling the LED and keyboard backlight, soundcard, infrared remote and more. :

wget http://downloads.diffingo.com/diffingo-repo/diffingo.repo -O \
yum install pommed

pommed starts as a startup service .

For touchpad its synaptic that comes to the rescue .
The xorg.conf as of my machine is here :xorgconf

However after an update to 2.6.26-6 kernel , and subsequent update of ndiswrapper , even though wireless was working ,my sound got muted in kde  which was fixed soon .
And on KDE4, a red light appears from the headphone jack . It indicates that digital audio got enabled instead of analog .This happens if IEC958 module gets enabled . So sometimes it ignores a headphone plugged it . 
It can be switched off by :

 volume control > switches > IEC958 (dechecked ) . 

or It can be reset with a toothpick though if it remains on even while using mac osx ,better to do a google search for this or post in a mac forum 
Enjoying my mac :p 

2 thoughts on “Fedora on mac ..rocks

  1. Those packages are EOL in Livna:


    They just got deleted a few minutes ago (bad luck). You should better tell users to configure RPM Fusion (http://rpmfusion.org ; it supersedes livna) properly and retrieve ndiswrapper which yum. That way ndiswrapper also will continue to work once a kernel-update gets issued by Fedora.

  2. Hehe, I recognise some of this 😉

    For other looking, I wrote a guide here for F8 x86_64 on a MacBook (I would update it for F9 but the mactel-linux wiki is broken):


    Also, we’ve packaged up the new broadcom wireless kernel module over at rpmfusion.org so you can now ditch ndiswrapper and all its badness and use a native (albeit non-free) linux driver.

    Currently its available in “rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing” for kernel which is in “updates-testing-newkey”. Just enable both these repos and do a “yum update kernel” followed by a “yum install broadcom-wl”. You can then ditch ndiswrapper – happy days!

    More info here: http://www.cenolan.com/2008/10/installing-the-broadcom-sta-driver-fedora-9/

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