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Old 09-30-2014, 01:04 AM   #1
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PowerPC distro

Hello all,

I am new to this community and somewhat new to Linux. I am interested in installing Linux on my old iBook G4. I was hoping you guys could recommend a good PowerPC compatible distro. I've seen several distro names out there but I'm having a hard time finding places online to download them. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 09-30-2014, 05:59 AM   #2
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For Apple Macintosh G3, G4, and G5 computers, including iBooks and PowerBooks as well as older IBM OpenPower 7xx machines.
PowerPC64 Little-Endian server install image

If I was you. I'd go with Lubuntu .

Mac (PowerPC) and IBM-PPC (POWER5) desktop image
For Apple Macintosh G3, G4, and G5 computers, including iBooks and PowerBooks as well as older IBM OpenPower 7xx machines.
If problems using the graphical installer image.
Use the Alternate install image on the above link.

Alternate install image

The alternate install image allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Lubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

setting up automated deployments;
upgrading from older installations without network access;
LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
installs on systems with less than about 384MiB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).

In the event that you encounter a bug using the alternate installer, please file a bug on the debian-installer package.

There are four images available, each for a different type of computer:
Always md5sum downloaded iso images to avoid install headaches later in case iso download is corrupted

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Old 09-30-2014, 08:45 AM   #3
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Gentoo may suit, you'll also learn a whole lot about Linux installing it!
Check out the handbook here, select the PPC architecture obviously. It's not really a beginners Distro though.

You could also check out Yellow Dog Linux7 here, Yellow Dog used to be the main Mac/PPC distribution I'm not sure where it stands in Linux World now.

Play Bonny!
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If you go to, navigate to the Search page, and search for powerpc architecture, you'll find entries for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Lubuntu, Gentoo, Yellow Dog, and some specialised ones, all with links to the pages where you can learn about them and get downloads. I'd avoid Gentoo, unless you have a lot of time on your hands, but the others should be fine.
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Do you know by chance what is the last version of Mint to be compatible with PowerPC?
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I doesn't matter if it's not an LTS old distro is bad juju..

Why not run Leopard?


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