Prior attempt, I mentioned at the very bottom of the email, easy to miss, was a Macbook
Pro 4,1 (2008) model.
Attempt 2 with different hardware: Apple Macbook Pro 8,2 (2011).
Starting with a USB stick produced with the following:
dd if=Fedora-17-Alpha-x86_64-netinst.iso of=/dev/rdisk1
Inserting the USB stick while Mac OS 10.6.8 is running (I know, older OS on the newer
hardware, I'm on crack), the Startup Disk panel does not show any additional options
Rebooting, holding option key, I get two additional boot option icons both labeled
"EFI Boot". One is an orange USB icon. The other is a blue Fedora icon.
When choosing either option, I get the GRUB Legacy menu, it times down to zero, I get 7
seconds of USB stick activity, followed by a tone from the laptop I have only ever heard
when doing firmware updates. Interval is approximately 0.7 seconds tone, 0.3 seconds
silence, three times. Followed by 3 seconds of silence. Then repeats. It does not end on
its own after 2 minutes, and the computer does not reboot. And the keyboard is not
functional. I have to hold the power button for 5 minutes to force a shutdown.
Again, no text onscreen to indicate what the problem is - it's still at the GRUB
window during all of this.