Is it possible to Dual boot your Macbook pro High Sierra version 10.12.6 with Fedora

I have an old Macbook pro with a downgraded OS. High Sierra 10.12.6 which I want to Dual boot so I am able to switch between Mac OS and Fedora Linux.

I will ask you guys here in the Fedora forum if some of you have had the experience of running a dual boot with Fedora OS.

It is a Macbook pro late 2013 model with processor 2,3 GHz Intel core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Ram. Graphic card is NVDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB Intel iris pro 1536 MB

By search with Duck Duck go with Firefox (Ice cat as Default) I find this with Ubuntu:

A Kali Linux install:

A Linux Mint:

Only example by Fedora is in French. Unfortunately I do not read French:

(Is there a way to translate the whole French Topic to English ?)

I haven’t search the entire internet but it is always better for gaining the exact knowledge when reaching after a hand in here before doing properly mistakes by non Fedora forums which are good for other tasks.

will have an look on that one now :nerd_face:

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How many GB should I make the partion at. When I have a 500 GB SSD in the Macbook. I tried to search the requirements/recomendation of System specs. of the Installation of Fedora 35

I do not find it searching the help guide or the forum.

On this machine Asus G75 I have 1 TB SSD and have used 20 % of the storage. As I experimenting and learning by installing and trying out a lot of apps I’m not know or do not need but not are able to clean up by uninstallation. It not a proper measurement as I gained a lesser experience than when this Fedora OS was installed.

Which isn’t a great answer.

How much data is being used by MAC OS?
How much do you intend on working in Linux or MAC OS?

You need to put some thought into it so you can accomplish what you’d like.

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The link you posted explains a lot but I’m not sure how much space I need yet. I do not going to build Virtual machine or VNC which uses a lot of capasity as I understood reading the link you posted.

I will mostly use it for having few necessary apps. As a former guy helped me downgrade the Mac OS version. I’m not shure the trust level of this guy and which software he installed. I use the mac os for Ableton and Rekordbox mostly to DJ and create music as Mac is very stable according to plugins and sound drivers. (I’m not there yet with Linux and Big Wig ). That needs a lot space and as it is an old processer it take a lot of processor force. But as imagine would I like to switch to Fedora in the bootmode and running apps like Wireshark or do some serious mods with CLI. The security levet is very low because I can not update this Mac OS as the Macbook pro late 2013 model can follow the new OS versions. I’m living in the past some how but need to be up to date with security level by using Fedora linux apps.

I also just want to use one computer

In general, a minimal installation of fedora requires ~250 MB in /boot/efi, ~700 MB in /boot, and at least 25 GB in /. /home should have as much space as you feel is needed.

If installing on a 1 TB SSD I could recommend that you allocate at least 75 GB for /.

On my daily driver system I have this in a 240 GB SSD

# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 223.58 GiB, 240065183744 bytes, 468877312 sectors
Disk model: SanDisk SSD PLUS
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: E40A3810-D22D-49F4-99A1-660AC05AA530

Device        Start       End   Sectors  Size Type
/dev/sda1      2048    514047    512000  250M EFI System
/dev/sda2    514048   6658047   6144000  2.9G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda3  20994048 335575039 314580992  150G Linux LVM

Partitions sda1 & 2 are /boot/efi and /boot while sda3 is /. /home is on a separate drive (5 TB raid array). I allocated a lot more space than needed for /boot, so ~750 to 1000 MB is quite adequate even though it will function with as little as 500 MB.


Wouw! Does that also mean that Fedora can be installed on a Raspberry pi 4 with that low level of data usage.

I made the partion on 50 GB of a 500 GB SSD. but now I’m in doubt if it should be repartitions to 25 GB. Anyway I have to learn by testing things out. I mean it is only a computer. In can positively be redone.

Sda means harddisks and EFI is where the system boots from. but the sda2 says filesystem in your case. The sda3 is RAID a server like hosting network.

Is it all on the same disk or 3 different ?

So would I have the option to do similar as the CLI in the Terminal crossed with the Xcode in Macbook. there are some similarities.

A Pi 4b has either 2, 4, or 8 GB ram and can use an sd card of 16 GB or up for the OS. Yes, fedora can easily be run on the Pi 4. I have not yet tried F35 on it, but F33 & 34 work well there.

If you download the raw arm image for the workstation and install it to the sd card with fedora’s arm-image-installer installation is easy.

This first option here ?

Nice to know when I in the future finally will proceed with my Raspberry Pi 4 I bought in February.

When I download and try to install Fedora 35 which needs MacOS 10.15 from here it is not possible be course my MacOS is 10.13.6

Ups! Sorry for the overwhelming size of screen cut. But I do not no the tools for resizing.

Should I then install an older Fedora version or upgrading MacOS is not a good issue here.

What can I do ?

Those are the arm images. You select either server or workstation then the DE you wish, then when you get to the actual images you would need to select the raw image. I am guessing you would need to already have a fedora OS installed on the PC since you are trying to use the media writer which is used to write an iso to a usb device. But to put the raw arm image on the sd card you need the arm-image-writer instead.

If you have adequate RAM you could do it all while booting and running the live image. The raw arm image is only ~1.3 GB.

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Actually I try to install it on a partition on my old Macbook. Sorry for the confusion I should open another topic by the Raspberry pi 4 subject.

Or do I misunderstand. Could I also install through the Card reader in the Macbook pro ?

Is there a difference installing from iso burned DVD image or USB and the SD card. Off course depending of which media slut to insert at ?

I did try to install from the browser download .dmg image

I also did try copy it to the USB and then install to the partition.

How should it be done I now in doubt.

On fedora (even the live image) install the arm-image-installer package.
Then the command arm-image-installer with nothing else will give you the options and commands needed to make it work. It is so simple to use that they did not even provide a man page for it.

yes very easy but also in the terminal of the MacOS