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Old 01-15-2004, 06:39 AM   #1
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Install Linux on Apple Laptop w/o CDROM


I have an old apple laptop and wanna install linux ( any dist will do ).

It does not have a CDROM.

So I plan todo networkinstall through my PC ( Pentium 4 on Redhat 9 ).

PLease tell me if the redhat CD's willwork or I will hve get the CDs for a different architecture.

Will the apple laptop boot from the boot floppy.

I never had experience with an Apple Lapto before.

So please helpme

Old 01-15-2004, 06:58 AM   #2
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You need a PPC (PowerPC) Linux distribution in order to install it on an Apple Macintosh. There are several - Debian, YellowDog, Madrake, [URL=[/URL]. There are probably others, but those are the ones I could think of off the top of my head.

I installed Debian on a Powerbook G3 once (it was a Wallstreet 292MHz model with 192MB RAM) and it went well. Read the installation documentation carefully though - it's quite different from installing Linux on a regular IBM compatible PC.

If it's a *really* old laptop it's not the PPC release you should get, it's the m68k architecture. Debian has a port for it (as they have for pretty much every architecture out there ).



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