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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:27 am    Post subject: Install Linux on Mini Reply with quote

Saturday it seems my older HP DC 7700 desktop system USB ports are not working. I have both usb keyboard & mouse and both stop working. I haven't used my 2005 Mini for a couple of years and hooked it up and the keyboard & mouse are working with the mini, so it must be something wrong on the HP motherboard.

Anyway, Tiger seems to be running okay but it is slow. Now I'm thinking of installing Linux on it. Any suggestions on which version? I thought about Fedora but they no longer support PPC versions, same as Ubuntu. Debian still support PPC and that may be the way to go, it's a decent distro.

Just wanted some ideas! It's been awhile since I've been here, busy lately, especially since I lived a 10 minute drive from the Ferguson uprising, but since moved to the St. Louis downtown area.

Thnx.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been awhile since I used a ppc mini, but when I last did, Debian worked well on it, as did openSUSE. I don't know if openSUSE still supports the platform. But another alternative you might consider is MintPPC; read about it here.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

also ubuntu still supports it look up g4 ibook ubuntu on youtube there are links in the videos to the software needed.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I'll check into Mint & Ubuntu but I may go with Debian Testing.
I think Ubuntu doesn't support PPC anymore but still have it around. Not sure about Mint.
There wasn't any issues with the Ethernet & Video that you recall?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was using wireless, not ethernet, and I don't recall any wireless issues with my PowerBook G4 aluminum. Definitely no video issues.
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