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Dogberri
January 6th, 2011, 12:25 AM
i have a powermac g4 mirror door, m8570. iv been trying to find answers on my own for some time now and cant figure out what image to download. will 10.10 work on a non intel mac? or do i have to go back to feisty or intrepid? (those are the most talked about in my searches.) this will be my first experience with linux but i grew up on macs, im not looking to dual boot or anything like that just wanna mess around and play with a different os. all help and advice will be appreciated. oh and when i tried to put snow leopard on it the drive never read it, dvds work fine but it wont play regular cds. potential ubuntu install problem? i'd like to stick with the cd route but have a 2gig flash drive that as i understand can used?

thanks to all who respond

kaldor
January 6th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Check out Distrowatch's PPC page:

http://distrowatch.com/search.php?category=Desktop&origin=All&basedon=All&notbasedon=None&desktop=All&architecture=powerpc&status=Active

If you want to install an OS, I greatly recommend using Debian Testing; weekly release and up to date and is quite stable.

Link: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/powerpc/iso-cd/

Install only; no Live. You only need the first image.


Edit: Snow Leopard is 64-bit intel only. No way you can get it to work on your G4 :(

You can get DVD images of Debian here. (http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/powerpc/iso-dvd/)

Edit again: Here (http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/lucid/release/ubuntu-10.04-desktop-powerpc.iso) is a link to Ubuntu 10.04 PPC. I didn't think they still made it. If you want the latest (Maverick, 10.10) click here (http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/maverick/release/ubuntu-10.10-desktop-powerpc.iso).

Dogberri
January 6th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Check out Distrowatch's PPC page:

http://distrowatch.com/search.php?category=Desktop&origin=All&basedon=All&notbasedon=None&desktop=All&architecture=powerpc&status=Active

If you want to install an OS, I greatly recommend using Debian Testing; weekly release and up to date and is quite stable.

Link: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/powerpc/iso-cd/

Install only; no Live. You only need the first image.


Edit: Snow Leopard is 64-bit intel only. No way you can get it to work on your G4 :(

You can get DVD images of Debian here. (http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/powerpc/iso-dvd/)



whats the differences between debian and ubuntu? isn't ubuntu a strain of the debian platform? also is the g4 processor 32-bit?

kaldor
January 6th, 2011, 12:58 AM
whats the differences between debian and ubuntu? isn't ubuntu a strain of the debian platform? also is the g4 processor 32-bit?

Debian has a different philosophy and aim than Ubuntu. Ubuntu aims to be the OS for "human beings" while Debian is known to support Free software only and also be extremely stable. Ubuntu is based on Debian, but is not easily compatible with Debian software.

I edited my original post with links to Ubuntu for PPC. Try what you want :)

And yes, your G4 processor is 32-bit.

Dogberri
January 6th, 2011, 03:32 AM
thank you for your help. the reason i picked ubuntu is because it seemed pretty well known and seemed to have alot of support. i also heard it is relatively easy to use. are the links you posted powerpc compatible? does debian have more software support than ubuntu?

rg4w
January 6th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Check out Distrowatch's PPC page:

http://distrowatch.com/search.php?category=Desktop&origin=All&basedon=All&notbasedon=None&desktop=All&architecture=powerpc&status=Active

DistroWatch rocks. Thanks for the link. I hadn't spent much time there before so I wasn't aware of the very useful search engine - very helpful to me since I have an old PPC Mac I've been thinking about putting Linux on.

I have a lot of friends using Fedora, and after seeing a presentation on the latest version by one of the contributors at my local LUG I've been tempted to give it a try.

But while DistroWatch says there's a PPC build of Fedora, prowling around the Fedora site I was unable to find it.

Anyone here have the link? Sorry if I missed something obvious there.

DougieFresh4U
January 6th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Well you could always have a look here (http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=328)

rg4w
January 6th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Well you could always have a look here (http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=328)
D'oh! I've gotten so used to accessing the forum through the New Posts link that I haven't seen that section. Thanks.