I dug my old beige mac G3 tower out of the closet to try and install Mandrake 10.1 PPC on. I haven't gotten very far. The machine is a 300MHz G3 running OS9.2, has 384MB of RAM, a 4GB HD, etc etc. I don't care about the underlying OS so I just left it intact figuring I could install right over it.
Following the instructions in the release notes, I unpacked the BootX files and used that to boot from OS9 to (hopefully) start the install process. It initializes the IDE devices, starts the RAMDISK stuff, then dies. Here are the last few lines of the boot process:
RAMDISK: Compressed images found at block 0
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 172k init 4k chrp 8k prep
E: error opening /tmp/syslog
FATAL ERROR IN STAGE 1: Fatal error initializing.
I can't recover from this.
You may reboot the system.
That's not very helpful to me...I'm guessing the problem lies somewhere around that FATAL ERROR opening /tmp/syslog
but I'm not sure why it's choking.
Can anyone offer any insight?