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I have an old iMac G3 (333 mhz, 256 mb RAM, 160 GB HD). I used it to listen to music and online radio, but it's so limited now that I wanted to install a lightweight linux distro to bring it back to life.
I've tried a number of distributions and none of them work. At first they booted from CD and then said that they couldn't mount the filesystem. So I erased the MacOS X partition and reformated the drive with the UNIX filesystem. Still, every distribution I've tried crashes when trying to boot the kernel (Yellowdog, Slackintosh, Xubuntu, FreeBSD).
The last one I tried was Finnix, and when I tried to boot the kernel the following message appeared:
cd:2,/boot/linux: Unknown or corrupt filesystem.
I can't even use fdisk as no distribution will boot. I don't want to do anything fancy with my iMac, I just want a bash prompt and some basic tools like vim and ssh. Any ideas?
I had no problems to set up Debian, Mint 9 PPC and Frugalware on an old iMac G3 (350 MHz, 512MB RAM, 40GB HDD). I just started from the install CDs and went through the different installers with accepting the standard options. Be aware that you need at least 3 partitions on that machines, but the installers should explain that.
Also be aware that you may have to make a fix to the X server configuration once you get that going: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCKnown...een_on_iMac_G3