View Full Version : [ubuntu] Help! I thought I knew what I was talking about!

February 2nd, 2009, 07:05 PM
Dear Ubuntu-ites,

I've always been under the impression that I knew what I was doing with computers. I worked at the Apple Store, and have been using Macs and PCs alike for ages. But I recently discovered an old iBook G4 running OS X 10.4.11 with a PowerPC Processor, and on a whim I thought I'd install Ubuntu after having seen the sexy UI pictures and rave reviews. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem quite as simple as "Burn this to a disk, put it in, and run it."

Apparently, the last supported version for non-Intel Macs is 6.10, but I can't find that anywhere. I can only find 6.06 which according to its page doesn't include a GUI. I'm not interested in running a server from this old clunky laptop, just wanting to try something new. Can this be had?

I'm very, very new to this stuff, so please - be gentle. Any questions about specifics can be directed to bblakeney@gmail.com; or if you've got a solution, hit me up at the same address.

Thank you very much for your feedback, and I look forward to joining the Ubuntu community with your help!


February 2nd, 2009, 07:11 PM
Hi and welcome, a good place to start is here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=427714) :)

February 2nd, 2009, 07:11 PM
.iso of Edgy Eft (6.10) for PPC:


February 2nd, 2009, 07:13 PM
you can find 6.10 here:


February 2nd, 2009, 07:29 PM
Or you could run Debian which still supports PPC hardware.

February 2nd, 2009, 07:32 PM
Have a look here :)

This is a link to the PowerPC Netboot iso image for Hardy (Install only, and requires a cable network connection). (http://ports.ubuntu.com/dists/hardy/main/installer-powerpc/current/images/powerpc/netboot/mini.iso)

And this is PowerPC Netboot iso image for Intrepid (Same again). (http://ports.ubuntu.com/dists/intrepid/main/installer-powerpc/current/images/powerpc/netboot/mini.iso)

Although, I don't have a PowerPC computer, so I wouldn't know whether or not they work. But good luck!

They are minimal boot mini.iso images, so don't look confused when you find that they are only 8MB big.

The link overdrank offers will point you in the right direction if minimal boot isn't for you.


February 2nd, 2009, 07:50 PM
Thanks a bunch, guys. Going with the link that NoFearDJB suggested, seems simplest. I don't know ANY of the technical terms involved with this, and it seems that Edgy is the way to go for me (read: most similar to the Mac's user-friendliness).

Will repost when I install. Thanks again guys!


February 2nd, 2009, 09:51 PM
What did/do I do? I can't make heads or tails of this. Please assist if possible! (Using 6.10 Edgy)



February 2nd, 2009, 09:58 PM
That looks like an install disk. That should technically install Ubuntu on your Mac. You should be able to restart and that should offer to install Ubuntu on your machine.

February 2nd, 2009, 09:58 PM
I'd recommend Ubuntu Hardy, if anything, since Edgy is no longer supported (there may be security patches that aren't present in Edgy, but are present in Hardy). If you look at the link overdrank gave you, it will show you the Hardy iso. http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/hardy/release/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-powerpc.iso

As for the image ... what is the problem ?

It's an install CD. You have successfully burned the image to disk...

Now reboot your computer and boot from the CD.


February 2nd, 2009, 10:00 PM
I would have to agree with tinivole :D

February 2nd, 2009, 10:04 PM
Umm... what is it you're trying to do exactly? It's rather hard to tell when you just present a screenshot with a big scream and no contextual information.

It looks as though the contents of the CD are fine. Are you trying to boot from the CD to get into the Ubuntu OS? You'll have to reboot the computer but do so in such a way that you boot from the CD/DVD drive rather than the usual hard drive. At least that's the usual way with PCs - not sure about the PowerPC.

Did you follow one of the guides that was linked to earlier in this thread? If so, which one, and at what point did you get stuck? This might make diagnosis of your problem a little easier.

February 2nd, 2009, 10:33 PM
May I suggest going to http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=328 which is the Apple Users subforum for assistance. Take a look at the second sticky for some additional information and assistance.

EDIT: To boot; restart your computer with the CD in the drive, holding the "c" key down until you see yaboot come up on the screen.