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    Is It Possible?(Linux on OS X 1)

    Hi im Brandon and 14yrs of age and am pretty good with computers but i have an outdated mac and i dont feel like buying leopard when they are gonna come out with snow leopard soon and i just recently installed HardyHeron on my desktop(i am loving it) but i want a linux operating system for it is there any possible way to install it like wubi?

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    Re: Is It Possible?(Linux on OS X 1)

    Fink Commander allows you to install a lot of Open Source software on an OS X system. Look for an old x86 system to experiment with Ubuntu. PPC hardware support can be spotty.
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    Re: Is It Possible?(Linux on OS X 1)

    if you want a fresh install of ubuntu only on your mac you need to determine if its a intel mac or a ppc (g4 g5 etc ) mac .

    Installing on a mac is just like installing on a pc but you need the right install disk
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    Re: Is It Possible?(Linux on OS X 1)

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/rele...eisty/release/

    has a list of the install cds with a description

    www.apple-history.com will tell you the features of your mac

    to get it to boot of the cd you can select the startup disk in OSX or
    hold C down while its booting during the mac chime

    google will tell you alot if you search for things like linux ubuntu how-to mac apple ppc etc,
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    I agree with the previous post. First off you need to determine what mac you have.. A good place for that is www.lowendmac.com Click on the profiles and find what you have.. If you have a machine known as 'NewWorld' with Openfirmware it's going to be a lot easier.. However, if it's an older machine, you will need to get BootX which you can get here: http://penguinppc.org/historical/benh/ . This makes things a bit more tricky as you have to retain a small MacOS install to allow BootX to load and give you the option of linux. Think of it as the Grub of Mac.

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    Re: Is It Possible?(Linux on OS X 1)

    Quote Originally Posted by bdup12 View Post
    ... is there any possible way to install it like wubi?
    Assuming your Mac is a PowerPC (after all, that's the forum you're in), I believe the answer to your question is yes. An old product called VirtualPC (last version made was sold by Microsoft) can be used to install Linux in emulation mode. This would be pretty slow, but it apparently does work. (I haven't tried it.) If you were installing Ubuntu/any Linux on VirtualPC, you would install the x86 version, not the PPC version.

    If you want to try Ubuntu (or any Linux) on a PowerPC, you might try the liveCD. (Make sure you get the PPC version!) If you like it and want to run Linux along with your MacOS, you are best off to run it as a dual boot. That's what I have on my PowerBook G4. What happens is you get a menu when you start up that offers to start in Linux or MacOS. If you want Linux, you can still have access to the MacOS, running in emulation mode (which is fast) within Linux. The program that does this is Mac-on-Linux (MOL). Current versions of Ubuntu don't run this; you probably have to go back to version 7.04. Alternatively, MOL runs in Debian Lenny and openSUSE 11, both of which sport good PPC versions.

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