This test verifies that installing Fedora onto a Mac will result in a functioning dual-boot system: Fedora and macOS.
This test sequence is based on macOS Sierra (10.12), but should be compatible with older versions.
How to test
- Start with an "out of the box" Mac with a single volume
- This excludes Macs already using "Boot Camp" to support dual-booting with Windows.
- Start Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility)
- Use Disk Utility to re-partition the drive
- Click on the drive icon, rather than the Mac volume; this makes the Partition button in the toolbar active
- Click on the Partition button in the toolbar
- Click on the + button to add a partition
- Use the interface to establish the desired size for the new partition. Setting Name to "DELETEME" and Format to "FAT" will make it easier to locate in the Fedora installer.
- Click Apply. Click Partition. Then click Continue.
- Create Fedora installation media
- Use Fedora Media Writer for macOS to create Fedora installation media.
- Reboot holding down the Option key, and choose the "Fedora Media" option in the boot manager. Boot Fedora.
- Advance to Destination Installation spoke
- Select the proper disk
- Select "Automatic configure partitioning"
- Click Done, when the Installation Options appears, choose Reclaim Space
- Locate and select the FAT volume created earlier in macOS Disk Utility (e.g. "DELETEME"), click the Delete button (not Delete all)
- Click Reclaim space button to accept changes and return to the main menu
- Click Begin Installation
- Fedora installer should boot normally, and complete installation without errors.
- System should boot Fedora by default
- Rebooting while holding the Option key, there should be Mac and Fedora options in the boot manager.
- Making a choice here should result in the system booting the chosen operating system. Test both.
- GRUB menu will have options for Fedora and OS X; the OS X entries are known to be non-functional.