this is a sum of the little points i could note after installing and testing fedora39 for a few days, from user perspective. despite the few issues i list below, the overall experience is not bad at all. it feels stable and responsive.
- no APFS support in kernel
i noticed kernel didn’t have support for apfs filesystem. it’s a bit too bad since it would be convenient to have and linux does support it. could the maintainer consider adding it ? i tried it before and if i remember correctly it worked well enough to copy over some files from mac partitions and external drive i had formated with apfs, to linux side. (as long as they’re not encrypted). and also as second choice: there’s fuse-apfs available in repo but it refused to work.
- keymap problems
in TTY it’s badly broken. it will work with some keys, but suddenly it will start to write garbage for some time, then it will go back working, then start to write garbage again, all this in a loop. for me it start to go bad when pressing some combo keys like option+rightshift+l (opt+shift+L) it’s supposed to input the pipe symbol “|”. but that is just an example, it breaks with other keys, and other combos too. (my keymap is “fr-mac”). also to note: this even when it is in working state, the keys “< / >” and “@ / #” are switched. And also, in TTY, when keyboard start to behave badly, i cannot go back to graphical session (ctrl+alt+f2). finaly, while in wayland, the keyboard is a lot more reliable, but there is still this switched keys problem.
- BT audio
when i use my airpod pro, the audio keep on switching to some bad quality output and good quality output. it’s like if it’s switching audio profile on a loop. so listening to anything at all is not that a great experience. i also noticed that sometimes the mac will try and connect to the airpod while i’m not touching them, they are in their case and for some reason the mac connect to them then disconnect them all on its own, without me doing anything.
- TTY font too small
we all have hidpi screen on our macbooks. both uboot and TTY have too small font by default. it would be nice to have something bigger. i did set mine to
- false power-off
normaly, when the macbook is really powered off, the trackpad cannot be pressed. it doesn’t register a click, it’s like a brick until mac gets powered on. only then it can be pressed and register a click. with asahi / fedora39, when i shutdown the mac, it looks like it’s powered off, but it is not really so. i can press trackpad, and it will register a click, and when i do that, it triggers a boot of the system. only way to really power the system off is keep power key pressed while mac is booting, hopefully before uboot finishes.
- mpv has issues
while seeking forward and backward, the whole movie freeze, or start to go off sync between image and audio. mpv is my favourite audio and video player specificaly because it is lightweight and fast, and it never done this before either on linux or mac, it always worked flawlessly. but on asahi it doesn’t work as expected. seeking in audio and video is broken.
- keymap doesn’t get applied properly at install time.
in the install UI, i was offered to select a keymap, but it never gets applied no matter what i choose. i had to fix that manualy after install finished.
- macbook runs a bit hotter
a tad hotter than macos. i have no idea why. i can only guess. maybe it’s because mac is always running at max resolution, while macos runs at lower resolution by default ? i have no idea. it’s not running very hot, it’s just warm (lightly so). but in macos it runs cold, in comparison.
- wifi signal seems lower
although i had no connectivity issue at all so far, the wifi signal seems to be received with less strength than on macos. the laptop on my desktop, at same place, macos find the same wifi and display more reception bars than linux. (on linux it fluctuate from zero bars to one bar, while on macos it stays at two bars all the time).
- deepin desktop doesn’t render correctly.
i use kde normaly, but i wanted to test out deepin DE, it started but wasn’t really usable, a few panels rendered as blurred blanks. and the fullscreen menu to start apps also have problem, the mouse leaves an unrefreshed track behind its passage.