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    Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on an old mac

    I'm wondering is it possible to install Ubuntu 11.10 on Mac OSX 10.3.9 (Panther). The system is very old and unusable and I want to put Ubuntu on it to save it.

    I'm having a little bit of trouble. I know I have to create a partition for ubuntu with Disk Utility on the Mac but it wont let me do that. I need rEFIt and the version 0.14 wont work on it.

    Any help?
    Last edited by AaronDaycentChild; March 29th, 2012 at 07:21 PM. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on an old mac

    It would be helpful if you told us about your Mac hardware, right?

    Anyway, 10.10 is "end of life" and completely unsupported. 11.10 is the current release, and 12.04 is coming in a few weeks. If you install the 12.04 beta now, it will roll over to the stable release and be supported through April 2017.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on an old mac

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    It would be helpful if you told us about your Mac hardware, right?

    Anyway, 10.10 is "end of life" and completely unsupported. 11.10 is the current release, and 12.04 is coming in a few weeks. If you install the 12.04 beta now, it will roll over to the stable release and be supported through April 2017.
    Awh damn! I mean 11.10. Sorry about that.

    Here's some of the hardware info on my Mac:
    - Processor: 1.6 GHz PowerPC G5
    - Machine Model: Power Mac G5
    - CPU Type: PowerPC 970 (2.2)
    - Number of CPUs: 1
    - CPU Speed: 1.6 GHz
    - L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    - Memory: 1.5 GB
    - Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    - Boot ROM Version: 5.1.5f2
    - Serial Number: CK412H1SNV9
    - File System Capacity: 74.53 GB

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on an old mac

    I just did this recently. Actually, I started out trying Ubuntu (Lubuntu for PowerPC) but decided during the process to switch over to straight Debian. So I can tell you that it works in principle. Are you trying to dual-boot, or will Linux be the only OS on this machine?

    James

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on an old mac

    Quote Originally Posted by wayover13 View Post
    I just did this recently. Actually, I started out trying Ubuntu (Lubuntu for PowerPC) but decided during the process to switch over to straight Debian. So I can tell you that it works in principle. Are you trying to dual-boot, or will Linux be the only OS on this machine?

    James
    I want Linux to be the only OS on the machine. I have to make a partition first from what I've found on the internet.

    How did you do it?

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on an old mac

    As I recall I tried first to use the Lubuntu PowerPC live CD. It was having some trouble with partitioning, I believe, which is, I think, why I decided to go with Debian. Anyway, both Lubuntu for PowerPC and Debian run a partitioning utility when you boot from the respective CD's--Lubuntu's being a fuzzy-feely graphical thing and Debian's being more a command-line type thing. You use that to partition the drive as you want. The only really tricky part there is that you MUST create what's called a "new world boot partition" of about 800 kb. The partitioner should give an automated way to do that. Then make a swap partition of the desired size (3GB in your case, it seems) and devote the rest of the drive to the Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Debian operating system.

    I built my Debian system up from scratch, which certainly won't be for everyone. If you want something more automated try Lubuntu for PowerPC (which is likely to remain in an alpha state, btw.) Another option would be to look into MintPPC: they seem to have done a lot of work with New World Macs.

    James

    PS Looks like the Lubuntu for PowerPC live CD can be downloaded from this page: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/daily/current/ --and by the way, that is the 12.04 release candidate.
    Last edited by wayover13; March 30th, 2012 at 06:26 PM. Reason: Bad mood :)

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