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Old 04-15-2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Need Imac To Run Linux!

I have an Apple IMAC (NEW WORLD)

G3 333MHZ
6GB Hard Drive
MAC OS 8.6

I would like to install a version of either YellowDog Linux or a version of Mandrake Linux for the PPC on it.

I did try to get it to run Yellow Dog off it's own hard drive w/o MAC OS on there, but i could not get the thing to boot.....

So here comes my question.....

I was wondering if anyone knows of a way I can re-size the partitions (like I can with my Windows Machine & Partition Magic) and then run a dual boot....

I am extremely new to the Mac World and have never even used these I am completely clueless on what type of partitioning scheme I should use, and how to get MAC OS to recognize the Linux Partition so that I can select it in the "Startup Disks" menu....

I was wondering what I should do to solve these little problems....

I have ordered a copy of OS 9 (the Imac didn't come with the OS CD), and was just going to partition it using the OS 9 Setup, leaving Space for linux.....
Old 05-14-2004, 07:53 AM   #2
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I'm brand new to Linux but I was reading last night about your exact problem. I'll try and find the info again.

The bits I remember...

YES it can be done! Your iMac needs a very small version of Mac OS to boot which should be on a seperate partition.

If you want to partition your drive (first back up everything you want to keep!) then boot from your system disk (CD) and open Drive Setup (Applications/Utilities).

I'll post the detailed info when I find it.
Old 05-14-2004, 08:16 AM   #3
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UMM seems you can get by without a Mac OS.

OK here's one option....

"There are few things you should know about installing another OS other than Mac OS on Macs. If you have a New World Mac, which is a Mac that is based on a more New World type hardware platform where there is no Mac OS specific code required during the boot, then you have nothing to be really worried about. You can install YDL without having any Mac OS installs present by simply putting in the YDL install disc and holding down C on the boot to boot from the CD."


Also run Mac OS from within YDL....

I hope this helps a bit.


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