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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    I'll defer on the issue of brightness/contrast, but I'm almost positive that the flash plugin will not work on the PPC architecture.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCFAQ

    [...]There is no Adobe Flash for PowerPC Linux but there are two free open source projects aiming to create a functional alternative - Gnash and swfdec. Both of these work to a degree. Most simple flash animations work well, and sites such as youtube.com, lulu.tv and revision3.com have varying success. These plugins are found in Synaptic under the names mozilla-plugin-gnash and swfdec-mozilla. (Note: Use konqueror-plugin-gnash instead in Kubuntu.) [...]

    My attempts to get Flash to work from the adobe site resulted in a "package is virtual" error message so I had to try one of the suggested alternatives.



    Of the two, I like Gnash better but YMMV.

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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    Well it looks like this flash thing on PPC mac (G5) is a bigger, more well know problem than I thought. So, I made a whole new thread just for it:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...66#post9585266

    If anyone has any solutions, ideas, or suggestions, please post on the new thread listed above!

    Thanks,
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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    Try the xgamma -gamma number command (number=0.7-1.0; I have no experience with it though):
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=301434

    I also vaguely remember xbacklight:
    xbacklight =50 to set the screen brightness to 50%

    xbacklight +10 to increase

    xbacklight -10 to decrease
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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    Thanks, worked great!

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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    Flash is not available for PPC Linux, sorry to say. There is a script to add (w/Greasemonkey) to allow one to view YouTube vids on Firefox; and, there is Download Helper, among other FF extensions, to d/l and convert flash videos. I seem to recall other approaches. Gnash is "under development"; there is swfdec in the repos as well, both give limited (in my experience) flash functionality, you could give either a try. Good luck.

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    Ben: which command worked for you ?
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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    swfdec is pretty much unmaintained anymore, so I'd definitely go with gnash for the forseeable future. Lightspark would be great if it ever gets ported, but I'm not crossing my fingers.

    Gnash works well for many pieces of simple, non-video flash. As for videos, you have to use greasemonkey scripts to play them in totem or vlc. Or just wait till youtube goes html5 ogg

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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    Ben: which command worked for you ?
    The "xgamma -gamma 0.8" command that I found in the link that you gave me. I have not yet tried "xbacklight +10 to increase

    xbacklight -10 to decrease"

    Gnash works well for many pieces of simple, non-video flash. As for videos, you have to use greasemonkey scripts to play them in totem or vlc.
    Could you explain to me (if its pretty complicated, try to make it as step by step as possible) how to use greasemonkey scripts to play them in vlc?

    P.S. I am using the firefox as my web browser.


    Thanks,
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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    I can't get mp4 videos to play in vlc player?
    Here is the command I used to install vlc player (the installation appeared to work fine):
    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc
    I click on the program. It starts fine. I go to media > open file. The file opens and I get a black screen, but I do here sound.

    What am I doing wrong? Is there a plugin, or something else I need to install?


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    Re: Setting up Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on PPC G5 Mac ??

    I guess you need an mp4 (quicktime) codec. Search synaptic package manager...
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