Originally Posted by macdaddy1
the hdd is 4 gig.as far as I can tell it's showing 64meg ram.I've never had a mac I picked up this one for $30 just for a play machine I've never tried Linux so I can maybe get a general feel for macs and Linux...
I fear you have probably wasted $30. A G3 iMac will give you a general feel for Macs in the 1990s. Macs have changed completely since then. They use a different processor architecture (if you don't know what what means, a very rough analogy is modern Macs use Metric measurements), what you have uses Imperial measurements), and the operating system that Macs use was changed entirely around 2002ish and has been through about ten significant evolutionary steps since then.
Buying a G3 iMac to get a general feel for Linux is... I can't even think of a rough analogy. It's... a mistake.
A G3 iMac is a machine that is of value to people who see it and think 'Oh cool a G3 iMac. Oh and it's one of the original Bondai Blues with the tray loading optical drive and no Firewire port. If you are not one of those people it's probably no more value to you than a large, heavy, translucent plastic paperweight.
I realise this is all pretty negative but you describe yourself as a 'newbie without a clue' and I'm trying to do what they refer to in some circles as setting customer expectations to a realistic level. If you want to try and get Linux on it then by all means go for it. If you succeed, brilliant, you will have achieved something that most people wouldn't even bother to try. Just understand that you are dabbling in a very niche area.