Installing Fedora on a MacBook Air (2017)

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Installing Fedora on a MacBook Air (2017)

Yes, I know. DistroHopping, but I can’t help it. I like to try as many different distros and Desktop environments as I can.

Fedora is one of my favorites and one of the best ways to have a vanilla experience with the latest and greatest Gnome version.

Fedora works pretty well out of the box on my macBook air (2017), although theres a couple of issues here and there the main headache is (as always) the wifi.

Install broadcom-wl driver

The proprietary broadcom-wl driver can be installed from the rpmfusion repo.

sudo dnf install \$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
sudo dnf install \$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

And then we can install it.

sudo dnf install broadcom-wl

But…there’s a but.

Fixing issues with broadcom-wl and wpa-supplicant on Fedora


sudo dnf copr enable dcaratti/wpa_supplicant

And then sudo dnf update, and reboot.

This is extracted from Fedora project wiki:

Multiple users of wireless network adapters supported by the proprietary broadcom-wl driver have reported that it does not work reliably in Fedora 30. PLEASE NOTE that Fedora does not provide or support this proprietary driver; we are providing this note only as a courtesy as we are aware that many people acquire the driver from a third party and use it on Fedora. The problem seems to be that a new feature in Package-x-generic-16.pngwpa_supplicant that was enabled in Fedora 30 confuses the broadcom-wl driver. As the driver is not open source we cannot provide a fixed version of it, and we will not disable a useful Package-x-generic-16.pngwpa-supplicant feature just to make a proprietary driver work correctly. To help out folks with affected devices, Davide Caratti is providing unofficial rebuilds of Package-x-generic-16.pngwpa_supplicant with the feature in question disabled. You can enable his COPR repository by running sudo dnf copr enable dcaratti/wpa_supplicant, and then updating your system should install his rebuild, if it is currently up-to-date compared to the version in the official repositories. With this rebuild installed, the wireless adapter should work reliably.