Despite the age of my machine I canīt seem to find much out there on installing Linux on a MacBookPro 1,1 or anything about the hardware and Fedora compatibility. Perhaps Iīm just not looking in the right places.
At the advice of a friend of mine who particularly likes Fedora, I decided to try my luck with F17 on my ancient gen 1 Intel MacBook Pro.
So, if itīs not against forum rules (and it didnīt seem to be) Iīll try and keep notes in this thread about what Iīve done in order to help others who might also decide to use this 6 year old model Mac with this distribution. And hopefully get some help from the rest of you along the way.
So, what Iīve done so far:
1. Before reboot, installed F17 Live CD and rebooted while holding the alt/option key.
2. When prompted in EFI, selected the Fedora installer as the boot source.
3. Replaced all operating systems previously on the Macintosh HD (internal HDD)
4. Connected to wireless (no problems noted)
5. Downloaded all updates to Fedora.
6. Ejected the Live CD and rebooted.
Now, things that didnīt go as expected.
1. It doesnīt appear that I have brightness controls.
2. I have a problem with the digital audio. There is a continuous red light in the headphone jack. I can turn off digital audio and the light goes away, but it returns when I reboot, and the muting selection I made prior to reboot is reset.
3. The apostrophe key ī isnīt working correctly. In order to get an apostrophe I must tap the key twice, otherwise I am often getting an accented character returned instead. (keyboard chosen during setup was US-English)
I havenīt observed any EFI related issues, though I do have an odd boot splashscreen with a 3 second countdown timer before Fedora decides to boot. Maybe this is normal?
Anyway, I expect to see other problems, but thatīs why Iīm here.