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Old 07-23-2006, 12:11 PM   #1
Alberto1
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Linux for Mac PPC on an external firewire drive


Hello,
I'd like to install Linux (Ubuntu ?) on my Mac mini G4 PowerPC, on an external firewire drive, in dual boot with Mac OS X.
Is it possible ? Are there any tutorials ?
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Old 07-24-2006, 08:33 AM   #2
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I think the biggest problem you'll run into is getting the drive recognized from Mac's EFI (equivilent to a BIOS sort of). You may be able to trick the bootloader (depending on which one you use) into just booting the non-existent drive, but that seems like it's probably fairly advanced. An external USB drive might be a lot more friendly with external drive booting because more and more BIOS (and because of the lack of documented info on EFI I assume EFI is similarly encumbered in this area) support USB booting.

Good luck!

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Old 07-25-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
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Linux on a bootable firewire hard disk on Mac G4 PPC

Hello,
Thank you for the advice.
In the meantime I knew that Yellow Dog Linux 4.1 allows for that.
I have to look for more information, however.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:53 PM   #4
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You could hold down the key OPTION and then the mac should give you a list of bootable devices.

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