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New T2-based Mac Mini block Linux

The newer Mac Mini that comes with T2 security chips block Linux booting.

The new ones Mac Mini gives Apple New security T2 chips are coming, and new features include storage system APFS encryption, Secure Boot and UEFI validation, ID Touch handling, and more.

  New T2-based Mac Mini block Linux

T2 greatly restricts the boot process and verifies each step of the process using Apple-signed encryption keys. And with that bringing a headache for those who want to use Linux on these machines.

By default, Apple machines are enabled to not allow any operating system, not even Microsoft Windows, but if you want to install the system you will need to enable the option in Boot Camp Assistant, so it installs the Windows Production CA 2011 certificate, authenticating Microsoft systems for use on Apple equipment. But.

This does not install and enable support for the UEFI certificates from Microsoft, this certificate is used by many Microsoft partners, including some companies that offer Linux distributions, such as Canonical (Ubuntu), Red Hat / IBM (Fedora), Suse (openSUSE) among others, and thus not allowing the installation of Linux distributions in Mini Macs.

At the time of system installation, you will have a screen with the various security levels offered by Apple, such as Full Security, Medium Security and No Security (as shown in the image below).

You can click here for more information on each option presented there.

At the time Support for UEFI has not yet been added, which would allow Linux systems to be installed on Apple hardware with this new T2 security chip, even while disabling security methods users have not yet been able to boot Linux. If you have any updates on the case we will update the article bringing the news, so stay tuned in the blog. =)

If you want to follow the saga of the users, you can follow through this frum.

A thank you to the folks at Phoronix who brought in this news.

A big hug and see you next time.


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