Howto install fedora 11 to Mac Pro 2008

Fedora 11 can be easily installed to a new internal disk by simply booting from the fedora installation media.
I tried with disks connect to 2 hidden internal sata ports (connect to 2 esata extendor ) but disks can’t be found when booting with the installation DVD. If I change the bootable fedora from internal disk 4 to connect with esata 5 or 6, it fails to boot. It can’t even be rescued with the DVD unless I reconnect with bay 4 again.

So the extra internal sata5 and sata6 can only be recognized by mac but not fedora 11. Is it a bug with fedora 11 because it does not expect I will use sata5 and sata6?

The Mac Pro has 1 P-ATA port (for up to two P-ATA devices) and a total of 6 SATA ports, 4 integrated in to the drive bays, and two internal SATA ports that are not connected to drive bays. These extra SATA ports can be put into service through the use of after-market extender cables, for use with internal Optical drives, or to provide eSATA ports with the use of an eSATA bulkhead connector.

Running Fedora 11 with Mac Pro 2008

Finally I can post this using Fedora 11 x86_64 running on Mac Pro 2008

Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
Linux version ( (gcc version 4.4.0 20090506 (Red Hat 4.4.0-4) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Wed Jul 29 16:02:42 EDT 2009
Command line: ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root rhgb quiet
KERNEL supported cpus:
Intel GenuineIntel
AMD AuthenticAMD
Centaur CentaurHauls
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 – 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 – 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000e0000 – 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 – 000000007f67f000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000007f67f000 – 000000007f6f5000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 000000007f6f5000 – 000000007f991000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000007f991000 – 000000007f995000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 000000007f995000 – 000000007fc00000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000007fc00000 – 0000000080000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ffe00000 – 0000000100000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000100000000 – 0000000200000000 (usable)
DMI 2.4 present.
last_pfn = 0x200000 max_arch_pfn = 0x100000000
x86 PAT enabled: cpu 0, old 0x7040600070406, new 0x7010600070106
original variable MTRRs
reg 0, base: 2GB, range: 2GB, type UC
reg 1, base: 2044MB, range: 4MB, type UC
reg 2, base: 0GB, range: 64GB, type WB
total RAM coverred: 63484M
Found optimal setting for mtrr clean up
gran_size: 64K chunk_size: 8M num_reg: 6 lose cover RAM: 0G
New variable MTRRs
reg 0, base: 0GB, range: 2GB, type WB
reg 1, base: 2044MB, range: 4MB, type UC
reg 2, base: 4GB, range: 4GB, type WB
reg 3, base: 8GB, range: 8GB, type WB
reg 4, base: 16GB, range: 16GB, type WB
reg 5, base: 32GB, range: 32GB, type WB
x86 PAT enabled: cpu 0, old 0x7040600070406, new 0x7010600070106
last_pfn = 0x7f67f max_arch_pfn = 0x100000000
init_memory_mapping: 0000000000000000-000000007f67f000
0000000000 – 007f600000 page 2M
007f600000 – 007f67f000 page 4k
kernel direct mapping tables up to 7f67f000 @ 8000-c000
last_map_addr: 200000000 end: 200000000
RAMDISK: 37c61000 – 37fef0ce
ACPI: RSDP 000FE020, 0024 (r2 APPLE )
ACPI: XSDT 7F7441C0, 00F4 (r1 APPLE Apple00 6C 1000013)
ACPI: FACP 7F740000, 00F4 (r4 APPLE Apple00 6C Loki 5F)
FADT: X_PM1a_EVT_BLK.bit_width (16) does not match PM1_EVT_LEN (4)
ACPI: DSDT 7F737000, 49CC (r1 APPLE Apple00 10001 Loki 5F)
ACPI: FACS 7F68B000, 0040
ACPI: ECDT 7F742000, 0053 (r1 APPLE Apple00 1 Loki 5F)
ACPI: HPET 7F73F000, 0038 (r1 APPLE Apple00 1 Loki 5F)
ACPI: APIC 7F73D000, 00BC (r2 APPLE Apple00 0 Loki 5F)
ACPI: MCFG 7F73C000, 003C (r1 APPLE Apple00 1 Loki 5F)
ACPI: SSDT 7F736000, 0146 (r1 PmRef Cpu0Cst 3001 INTL 20061109)
ACPI: SSDT 7F735000, 034B (r1 CPUPST Cpu0Ist 12 INTL 20061109)