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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: ubuntu on iBook G4 Reply with quote

Has anyone done this? I was debating installing the new Ubuntu 9.04 on my old iBook for kicks.

Any bugs I should know about?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The closest I've come was installing 8.04 on my PowerBook G4. If I remember correctly, you either have to use the Alternate Install Disk or you have to type in a video command before the installer goes into GUI mode. Ubuntu has a pretty good Apple forum, and I'm sure I've seen instructions for G4 installations there.

Having said this, you might want to consider two Linux alternatives: Debian Lenny and openSUSE 11. I have both installed on my PowerBook and they work very well. Both allow you to run Mac-on-Linux software, meaning that you can run MacOS 9 or X on your Linux host at very fast speeds. While I like Ubuntu a lot on Intel architecture, I have found Lenny and openSUSE to be superior on PPC architecture, and both are officially supported on PPC (unlike Ubuntu, which is only community-supported). If you like Ubuntu you'll like Debian because they're very similar. (Should be since Ubuntu is based on Debian.) Debian has the reputation of being more difficult for beginners, but I haven't found that to be true. And you can easily get the non-free bits you'll likely need for playing music and video; almost as easy as on Ubuntu. (The exception is flash, which you can't get on any Linux installation for PPC.) Debian actually has a PPC-specific forum, and it gets a fair bit of traffic.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the response. I've never used Debian but I'm sure it wouldn't be much of a difference. I'm in the process of updating my old PC and was wondering what it'd run like on PPC architecture. I think I'll try the 8.04 since its LTS. I have a few cds laying around.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One advantage to the newer versions is that peripheral support improves. I don't think it should be an issue, though, because AirPort has been supported in Ubuntu since 7.10 (at least on my PowerBook with AirPort extreme). With Debian, however, I never could get the wireless working on the version before Lenny (Etch), so I went to Lenny while it was still "testing". Fortunately it worked very well. With either Ubuntu 8.04 or Lenny you will need to download a file something like "b43-fwcutter" to extract the firmware for AirPort wireless. So if you need wireless, do your installation connected to ethernet.

By the way, I suspect that you would get wireless out of the box with Ubuntu 9.04 and perhaps 8.10 because of the newer kernels.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm downloading the ppc iso now! hope it works *fingers crossed*
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What did you choose?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the PPC version of ubuntu.. with no success. The screen would go black and then stop.. I tried the video command before and still a no go. I'll try again this afternoon.
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