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Old 05-23-2006, 11:35 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Arkansas, C.S.A
Distribution: Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, PC / Debian Etch PPC
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Good distro for an iMac G3?

Hey . . .got an iMac recently from a friend, and OS9 isn't cutting it for me any more, so I wonder if there are any decent n*x distributions out there which will run on one of those -- with its default hardware.

Lemme know?
Old 05-23-2006, 12:05 PM   #2
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You might try a Ubuntu live CD first to see if all your hardware is supported, but I know Debian and Ubuntu both support PPC (Mac) architectures. I'm sure other distros do also.... Maybe check out distrowatch...

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Old 05-23-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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gentoo works well on my power book (333Mhz G3 320Mb) I hear debian (ubuntu is based on debian) and gentoo are the best for ppc. I wouldn't use gnome or kde and expect decent results, but I'm using xfce and it is quite responsive considering how slow it is

AFAIK the original iMacs and my powerbook are almost identical and all my hardware works (my pcmcia slot isn't set up but this is because I don't have a use for it. I know others have this working.)

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Old 05-24-2006, 03:58 PM   #4
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Thanks, I installed Ubuntu and I think I'm going to try out the FreeBSD/ppc port some time in the future.


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