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Old 03-25-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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Best distro for noob using old imac

Which distro is best for a newbie trying out linux on an older imac?
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Unfortunately with Mac's it's not a case of "best" but what's available and supported. That'll prolly be Debian-PPC.
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Check otu Slackintosh.
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What's your favorite distro? All the major distros, including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora Core, Mandriva, Suse, Yellow Dog, Gentoo, Slackware (Slackintosh), just to name a few, will support your iMac. Some Apple hardware might be supported better in some distros than others. If you have little RAM, it might be hard to run X.
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live CD's

You may want to start by checking for distro's with Live CD's so you can check out several distros without installing.

I know Ubuntu has a PPC live CD.

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I have slackintosh on an imac 333 mhz with 250 mb ram and its quite usable. tip use xfce as your desktop manager. I'm a real linx noob but it was easy once you had the info on your machine (graphics card, monitor info etc). there was no gui on startup but just typing xorgconfig gives you an easy setup process where you select from a list of questions. I did things the easyway and used an ubuntu cd to setup the partitions as it selects and automatically makes the partitions a good working size.


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