Which distro for imac g3
A friend has inherited an Apple iMac G3
From a little round label on the bottom:
PPC G3 233mhz processor
4GB hard disk
24 x CD Rom drive/Rage Pro
I have been asked to install Linux on this machine.
All that is required is to get Open Office working.
So I need a desktop system.
I have been searching for a suitable distro.
I tried Debian but could not get it to work.
I do not know why, but I am guessing that because Debian included Gnome as the default browser, the poor little machine choked on the bulk.
So, do any of you know of a very small version of linux with a tiny desktop, just sufficient to support Open Office that can run on a PPC G3?
My breath is baited ...
I put Debian on my ibook g4, so better spec, but still pretty low. I used the ppc netinstall cd to get a base system, then added the packages I needed afterwards. I've gone for one of the lighter window managers (IceWM at the moment, I think) to maximise free RAM. The netinstall base system is pretty tiny, but the bits after that soon add up. The g4 has a 10GB disk, and about 4GB of that is the installation - however, I had installed gnome before I installed IceWM, so that may have left bits lying around. If you were careful, I'm sure you could get a very small install with OpenOffice installed without too many problems.
OpenOffice will be sluggish on a machine with those specs - very sluggish. It might be worth looking for alternatives, like AbiWord, gnuplot etc.
Hi, pwc101 :-)
Nice to know it's possible to do.
Which do you think is the smallest desktop?
How do I get it and install it?
I am a very raw recruit :-(
At least, that's what I did :)
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