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Unable to boot Linux on Apple devices with Apple T2 chip



Unable to boot Linux on Apple devices with Apple T2 chip


This is what the community of owners of new devices such as the macbook Pro 2018 or the Mac Mini recently presented, which although they use standard hardware such as processors Intel and other components that we can find in any other equipment, also incorporate the infamous chip Manzana T2 that has already been ported on occasion for causing problems.

Today we echo that the equipment that incorporates said chip Manzana T2, can’t boot linux natively in the system. This means that while a Live distribution could be booted from a USB drive, Linux cannot be installed on a USB drive. macbook Pro 2018 not even macbook Air 2018Besides of Mac Mini 2018.

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This extends beyond Linux, because the way that Secure Boot works inside this Manzana T2 causes it to fail to install Windows on new devices without compulsorily enabling Boot Camp due to a Change in Apple’s policy when it comes to adding trusted certificates to the T2 ROM.

This causes that, even in the off mode of Secure Bootwe can only aspire to install Windows 10 and macOSbecause the rest of the systems are still blocked for no apparent reason, behavior that we can see in the documentation of the Manzana T2 as normal when Secure Boot is enabled, but shouldn’t act this way if disabled. we hope that Manzana reconsider and at least give an explanation of why to disable Secure Boot does not allow to start any type of distribution Linux.