This post is for anybody who's searching for a good imac g3 distro like I was several months ago.
I have tried Yellow Dog versions 2, 3, and 4, Mandrake 9.1 and 10.1, but I must say, UBUNTU is THE way to go. THe install is clean and (really) easy and, so far, all of my hardware has worked (more than I can say for the previous distros mentioned).
Note: I am not hooked up to the internet on my Linux box, so I can't vouche for any problems or lack thereof in Ubuntu, but considering how well everything else has worked, I can't imagine there would be much trouble.
Another note: Ubuntu is very minimalistic, but NOT HARD TO USE. There's only Gnome Desktop(no KDE), OpenOffice, Firefox, a few games, the GIMP, and some other goodies. This helps our older g3 macs to run smoother and installing new software is easy.
So, in the intrest of keeping newbies from discouragment (I am not being paid to post this
), here's the goods:
Ubuntu homepage: http://www.ubuntulinux.org
To download, go to the download link on the left, find the mirror closest to your geographic location, then you'll see a bunch of possibly confusing looking file names. As of this writing, "warty" is the newest one, so click the link that says "warty/", then you'll see a bunch more files. Click the one that looks like this: "warty-release-install-powerpc.iso" and it will start downloading. Burn the download onto a disk as an ".iso" (there's plenty of "howtos" floating around on this forum and on Google about how to do that. It's easy.). Then throw the disk into your imac and reboot (you may need to press the "c" key while it reboots. I can't remember).
Finally, there's tons of software tailored specifically for Ubuntu located here: http://higgs.djpig.de/ubuntu/www/warty/
There's a billion ways to install things based on whether your connected to the internet and some other factors so I won't go into that here. Unless you want me to. If that's the case, just leave a post and I'll see if I can help. The nice thing about the site is if you're missing any libraries (a most discouraging and confusing event for noobs), there's red links above the download buttons that link to downloads of those libraries. Friggin AWSOME (and it's all Free-ninety-nine).
Anyway, I've been using Linux for about a year now and I'm still a huge NOOB. I just thought I'd share some pearls with anyone else out there with a similar computer who finds info a little hard to come by. Hope this helps!!