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powerpc g4
February 5th, 2010, 09:56 PM
hi everyone.

i have been kicking around the idea of linux on my old mac ans was wondering what people thought. i am beyond new at this but from what the interwebs are telling me is that you can customize your system for the hardware you have.
after sifting through this for the past couple days im just gonna ask someone which linux i should use for what i have...

my computer is....
Machine Name: Power Mac G4
Machine Model: PowerMac3,3
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.9)
Number Of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: 450 MHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 3.3.1f1

my graphics is set up as;

Chipset Model: ATY,Rage128Pro
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
Slot: SLOT-A
VRAM (Total): 16 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x5046
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-72701-125
Resolution: 1440 x 900 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Not Supported

i think thats what you need to know... please help ...

February 5th, 2010, 10:04 PM
yellowdog linux should work, but dont expect much

February 5th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Feather Linux and Puppy Linux are also 2 Linux distributions for old computers.

February 5th, 2010, 11:35 PM
If you want ubuntu, look at: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=427714

Other distros: debian lenny, yellow dog, openSUSE, arch, gentoo.