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Macintosh Booting USB sticks

Used the installation shell script with the --format --efi on the USB stick.

in a Fedora 17 GNOME 3 hard disk installation --Satellit 23:24, 10 April 2012 (EDT)

Installation script transcript

Desktop# ./ --format --efi --overlay-size-mb 300 --home-size-mb 175 --delete-home --unencrypted-home Fedora-17-Beta-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso /dev/sdc1
Verifying image...
./ line 900: checkisomd5: command not found
Are you SURE you want to continue?
Press Enter to continue or ctrl-c to abort
Press Enter to continue or ctrl-c to abort
wipefs: WARNING: /dev/sdc: appears to contain 'gpt' partition table
Waiting for devices to settle...
Copying live image to target device.
   658305024 100%    4.33MB/s    0:02:25 (xfer#1, to-check=0/1)
sent 658385457 bytes  received 31 bytes  4524986.17 bytes/sec
total size is 658305024  speedup is 1.00
        8192 100%    0.00kB/s    0:00:00 (xfer#1, to-check=0/1)
sent 8265 bytes  received 31 bytes  16592.00 bytes/sec
total size is 8192  speedup is 0.99
Updating boot config file
Initializing persistent overlay file
300+0 records in
300+0 records out
314572800 bytes (315 MB) copied, 77.7406 s, 4.0 MB/s
Initializing persistent /home
175+0 records in
175+0 records out
183500800 bytes (184 MB) copied, 39.9797 s, 4.6 MB/s
Formatting unencrypted /home
mke2fs 1.41.14 (22-Dec-2010)
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=1024 (log=0)
Fragment size=1024 (log=0)
Stride=0 blocks, Stripe width=0 blocks
44880 inodes, 179200 blocks
8960 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=1
Maximum filesystem blocks=67371008
22 block groups
8192 blocks per group, 8192 fragments per group
2040 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks: 
	8193, 24577, 40961, 57345, 73729
Writing inode tables: done                            
Creating journal (4096 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done
This filesystem will be automatically checked every 20 mounts or
180 days, whichever comes first.  Use tune2fs -c or -i to override.
tune2fs 1.41.14 (22-Dec-2010)
Setting maximal mount count to -1
Setting interval between checks to 0 seconds
Installing boot loader
Target device is now set up with a Live image!

Building a bootable Mac USB stick

(tested on a MacBook Air)
1 Boot Intel Mac
Download Soas-v4 Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-SoaS Download
Download Soas-v3 soas-3-mirabelle Download
Copy them to a USB for transfer later (see below)
2 Format a 2nd Target USB (2GB) in OSX Disk utility
Insert Target USB
start Disk Utility
highlight the target USB in left column of OSX Disk Utility
Click on erase; select fat16; Name FEDORA; hit return
3 Burn USB
Start Oracle VirtualBox for OSX VirtualBox-3.2.10-66523-OSX.dmg Download
TO download F14: Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-Desktop Download
Start the F14 Desktop you have installed to VirtualBox
Insert USB that contains: Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-SoaS.iso and soas-3-mirabelle.iso
Copy them to running f14-Desktop in VirtualBox
4 Start liveusb-creator (To install liveusb-creator; In Terminal:"yum install liveusb-creator)
<Browse>/Desktop/ Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-SoaS.iso or soas-3-mirabelle.iso
<Target Device> /dev/sdb1 (FEDORA)
<Persistent Storage> choose 900 MB
<Create Live USB>
5 Shutdown Fedora 14 in VirtualBox; Close VirtualBox Program; Shutdown Mac.
6 Insert Soas-4-boot-test CD in USB DVD/CD; Plug in Live USB you just built
soas-4-boot-test Download
OR Make a rEFIt Boot CD:
Here is a simple way to recognize a bootable USB on a Mac.

Go to rEFIt ( and make a bootable cd. "There is no need to install rEFIt on your mac. In fact installing rEFIt may make it impossible to upgrade the Mac OS to a newer version later on (personal experience, I had to do a clean install). Put the rEFIt CD[1] in and hold the option key after turning the computer on. The Mac will recognize the CD because it uses EFI and then the CD will recognize the bootable USB."[2]

[1] How to Burn a rEFIt CD (You can rename the .cdr file to .iso for use in linux.)

[2] Downloads#Apple Mac OS X

7 Boot from Soas-4-boot-test helper CD
Hold down "C" key and do not release until Fedora Blue "soas-boot" screen appears
It may take 10-15 seconds
Select "Boot with basic video driver"
Hit return
  • Congratulations Your Live USB should Boot and run Sugar on a Stick from the live USB with persistence
  • Notes:
  1. Wireless connection does not work. Use an USB Ethernet Adapter for Internet Connectivity
  2. you can eject a USB CD/DVD drive, if used (In bottom right of sugar frame) and unplug the CD/DVD USB connector from the Mac. It will not be needed until next time you boot the Live USB
Do NOT try to boot this USB stick except on an Intel MAC with a boot disk—It becomes corrupted if a boot is attempted as standalone Live SoaS on a Netbook