Fedora 30 on 32-bit EFI based machines
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    Fedora 30 on 32-bit EFI based machines

    Hi folks,

    I'm an owner of an original Apple Mac Pro 2,1 model and due to the lack of OSX support on these currently, I'm looking to install Fedora on my machine to keep it running for another few years.

    I read this article from the Fedora Project site: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Changes/32BitUefiSupport

    This indicates that an attempt was being made to make Fedora 27 and upwards compatible with 32-bit EFI machines to enable Fedora to boot natively (64-bit OS with capability of booting on machines with 32-bit EFI firmware).

    However as of Fedora 30, this isn't working. While you can boot into a USB installer, after selecting to boot Fedora it just hangs on a single cursor without loading any further.

    I came across this thread from the old Fedora forums which references the same problem: https://askbot.fedoraproject.org/en/...29-on-mac-pro/

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this but was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on this or whether anyone else has had the same issue and is interested in keeping these old (but extremely capable) machines running for another few years. Might be an opportunity to create a bit of a niche for users of these machines that want to use Linux as well.

    Thanks to anyone that reads and for any info provided in advance!

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    Re: Fedora 30 on 32-bit EFI based machines

    I have F30 running on a Macbook 2,1, & an i7. The antique Macbook, I installed from a live CD. It's so old, I wanted to see if F30 would boot. It did. With the i7, i installed from the OS download (I use KDE: https://spins.fedoraproject.org/en/kde/)
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