View Full Version : [PPC] best distribution for ibook g3?

June 23rd, 2010, 11:22 PM

I have an g3 ibook 500mHz 512ram, 40gb and Airport,

linux distribution would be the best for this laptop???

to operate the airport card...

since many thanks!

June 24th, 2010, 04:30 AM
Debian is the best distro for PPC, Squeeze the version you need if you want youtube to work in a gui though you may be better using clive or cclive on a 500mhz machine.

June 24th, 2010, 11:10 AM
I agree with Oswald. If you opt for the older Debian Lenny, you might want to turn it into Linux Mint.


June 24th, 2010, 01:32 PM
I'd third that, less bugs in Debian! and I'd recommend Mint too!

You mention airport so if you are going to go for mint you'll want to follow linuxopjemac's advice on switching network manager: http://mac.linux.be/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=116

July 24th, 2010, 07:04 PM
I installed Debian on my ibook g3 and now my screen looks like this. I'm a noob and don't know how to fix this. I'm especially looking for help from user linuxopjemac See attached.

July 24th, 2010, 08:20 PM
Pressurehead, before linuxopjemac can help you, you should try to describe what is wrong in words, including any errors you are getting and what you want to happen instead. (it's hard to see much in your photo.)

you could try taking a screenshot with your computer and uploading that if you can. try seeing if you can do it by going to Applications -> Accessories -> Take Screenshot in the upper left hand corner of your screen.

August 27th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Thanks, Oswald and linuxopjemac for the Mint PPC tip!

I successfully installed it on my g3 iMac 500mhz. (no airport card)

After Xubuntu and Ubuntu both gave me graphics problems, MintPPC looks good so far and it was a pretty darn easy install.

The simple instructions are found at:

I updated to MintPPC 14 with Update Manager without issue.
Now to tinker! (I am an absolute noob for Linux though I have dipped my toes in the Mac OS command line.)

Time to go tri-platform!