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darrelljon
November 1st, 2010, 09:40 AM
I have come into possession of a PowerPC iBook G4. I installed Kubuntu 8.04 with much difficulty but there's not even an office suite let alone much modern useful software. I could only boot live because when installed the b43 wireless hangs the boot.

Is it worth getting all the repo discs and installing everything (only have 40Gb HDD) or should I just get Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and be done with it?

linuxopjemac
November 1st, 2010, 09:54 AM
Have a look at MintPPC (http://mintppc.org). It will run fine on your iBook G4.

darrelljon
November 1st, 2010, 12:22 PM
Does it have any decent software? I'd be tempted to just install Debian instead. What are the advantages.

linuxopjemac
November 1st, 2010, 12:41 PM
It is Debian Squeeze, with some extra themes and packages of Linux Mint. You will have the complete repository of Debian (30.000 packages, hope that's enough for you).

darrelljon
November 1st, 2010, 11:38 PM
Can't find the link for Mint PPC anywhere?

linuxopjemac
November 2nd, 2010, 09:13 AM
http://mintppc.org
Make an account and read the installation instructions.

darrelljon
November 2nd, 2010, 03:32 PM
http://mintppc.org
Make an account and read the installation instructions.

Seriously? Register just for a link to the ISO, that's ridiculous.

linuxopjemac
November 2nd, 2010, 03:34 PM
have fun with Ubuntu then.

dsandbeck
November 2nd, 2010, 10:14 PM
I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on my iBook G4 with no difficulty. Runs very nicely, and in fact I think the battery life is improved under Ubuntu from OSX (10.5). So yeah, I think it's worth it. However, I don't know your specs. I've got 1.5GB RAM and the 1.33Ghz G4.

el_heffe
November 2nd, 2010, 11:16 PM
I have a PB G4 1ghz with 1.25G Ram. It ran ubuntu with all sorts of sexiness. It was faster, battery lasted 15 minutes vs. 5 in OS X, and everything pretty much worked(except sleep- 12" :( )
BUT, the HD took a dump and it just isn't worth it to me to open the damned thing up just to replace the HD.

I *REALLY* wanted to try Mint based on what I have seen, but two things happened. One, I couldn't get the Debian CD I had burned to work, and two- the HD crashed... When it worked- it worked GREAT!

linuxopjemac
November 8th, 2010, 08:44 PM
I have bad experience with CD's too. That's why I advise to install via a USB stick. It's very easy.

darrelljon
November 8th, 2010, 10:34 PM
Installed Debian 5.01 from CD, it works great except for broadcom wifi.

Nonmouse
November 9th, 2010, 06:35 PM
I have bad experience with CD's too. That's why I advise to install via a USB stick. It's very easy.


And how did you get the USB install to work on a PPC? Can you explain, I would like to install on my MacMini 1.5GHz G4.

linuxopjemac
November 9th, 2010, 07:04 PM
See the installation instructions of MintPPC.

Dukenukemx
November 10th, 2010, 11:19 AM
I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on my iBook G4 with no difficulty. Runs very nicely, and in fact I think the battery life is improved under Ubuntu from OSX (10.5). So yeah, I think it's worth it. However, I don't know your specs. I've got 1.5GB RAM and the 1.33Ghz G4.
How's flash support? Does flash content on websites work better now?

shawnhcorey
November 10th, 2010, 08:18 PM
FYI: the Desktop CD does not fit onto a standard CD; use the Alternative CD instead. The only difference between them is that the Desktop version uses the GUI installer and the Alternative uses a text-based one. The software each installs is exactly the same. (The text-based installer is smaller than the GUI one, so everything can fit on a standard CD.)


And how did you get the USB install to work on a PPC? Can you explain, I would like to install on my MacMini 1.5GHz G4.

Those instructions are for the mini.iso; you need an internet connection for a complete install.

To create a USB you can boot from (without the internet), see:

HOWTO Create A Bootable USB Drive From An ISO Image For Apple PowerPCs In Linux (http://sites.google.com/site/shawnhcorey/howto-create-a-bootable-usb-drive-from-an-iso-image-for-apple-powerpcs-in-linux)


And to boot, see:

HOWTO Boot Apple PowerPCs From A USB Drive In Open Firmware (http://sites.google.com/site/shawnhcorey/howto-boot-apple-powerpcs-from-a-usb-drive-in-open-firmware)

It is recommended that you print out the boot instructions since it's the only way to read them during boot. (That's if you don't have another computer to look them up on. :))