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Old 08-21-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Question Linux on an iBook G4 1.42GHz PPC with 1.5Gb RAM


Hello,
I just "inherited" a very nice, clean iBook 14" screen. It is the last edition of the iBook series. And yes, for those that may not know, it is Power PC.

It came to me with OS X 10.4.11 and M$ Office for Mac. Including the disks.

Due to severe financial constraints, I need to make this iBook work for a while and prefer Linux to OS X.
However, I'm clueless as to what distro of Linux might work best with this iBook.

Simply put, what are your suggestions to make this iBook most useful, in a "general purpose" way? And I don't mind experimenting with starting points. Just trying to keep it for being a continuing full time experiment...

Many Thanks, Rick
 
Old 08-21-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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Distrowatch lets you search by architecture
http://distrowatch.eu/search.php
and reveals Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Yellow Dog (the others are not so good). Yellow Dog is a ppc only distro; it's listed as commercial, but I think that's just the enterprise version.
 
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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Distrowatch lets you search by architecture
http://distrowatch.eu/search.php
and reveals Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Yellow Dog (the others are not so good). Yellow Dog is a ppc only distro; it's listed as commercial, but I think that's just the enterprise version.
Thank You David. I will check into Yellow Dog first and see how it flies.....

Any thought's about MintPPC ?

many Thanks, Rick
 
Old 08-21-2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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I used to run Debian on the same machine. Good experience with it. Only problem I recall involved using an encrypted wireless connection. Open wifi wasn't an issue. It's been a few years since I used that machine.
 
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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I used to run Debian on the same machine. Good experience with it. Only problem I recall involved using an encrypted wireless connection. Open wifi wasn't an issue. It's been a few years since I used that machine.
Thanks for the info!

Will give Debian serious consideration. I like it on Intel machines, so this would be worthy of a try. My main concern is non-encrypted WiFi would be a major stumble for me......

Have downloaded Yellow Dog and will try it in the next few days. I downloaded both yellowdog-6.1-ppc-DVD_20081119 and yellowdog-6.2-ppc-DVD_20090629. Based on the explanations prior to download, the 6.1 version seem correct for my iBook. The 6.2 version didn't have any explanations about what it might work on, so figured download and see what happens.

Also saw Yellow Dog 7 at the site, but nothing about the ability to download it. For any use. Does anyone know if there is any relevance for it in my situation and if so, how to get a copy?

I've become a true Linux fan and supporter. Not because of my current situation of limited finances. Because it works.

Thanks for all your help, Rick
 
Old 08-22-2012, 10:20 AM   #6
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hehe, yellowdog was my first linux distribution back when kernels were still 2.2.x, it is a redhat based system, you might be able to use YUM to do the upgrade
 
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:07 PM   #7
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hehe, yellowdog was my first linux distribution back when kernels were still 2.2.x, it is a redhat based system, you might be able to use YUM to do the upgrade
Thank you!
Have never entered the land of YUM.....My initial entrance to Linux was through Ubuntu. I now try to widen my horizons with Linux as "far flung" as possible, while maintaining currency in what I already know.

Is there a good place to read up more about YUM and its workings?

Many Thanks, Rick
 
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the man page would be a good starting place (in a terminal simply type 'man yum')
 
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the man page would be a good starting place (in a terminal simply type 'man yum')
OK, will look into, thanks!
 
  


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