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Old 01-28-2004, 09:38 PM   #1
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Linux on Apple Laptop

Please read my question thoroughly and see if you can help me

I have an old apple laptop which neither has a CDROM drive
nor do I have a PCMCIA card.
It does have a LAN card though.

I also have a P4 desktop.

If I have to install DEBIAN linux on my laptop, can
I copy the DEBIAN ( ppc version ) CD's on to my desktop,
export it via NFS and install DEBIAN on the Laptop over the
network through NFS.
Of course I will boot the laptop through a DEBIAN boot floppy.
( I haven't had any experience with APPLE; so please tell me
whether the booting procedure in case of an apple laptop is similar
to that on a Pentium . I mean to say that u just insert the floppy
and it boots through the floppy. Also is there any mechanism to enter
the BIOS setup on an Apple laptop as is the case on Pentium.If yes
please tell me how....
I am really ignorant about Apple's..... )

Please tell me for sure.
Also, please tell me about any problems I might

I have also tried to search for REDHAT 8 or 9 ppc ISO images on
the web but couldn't find.
Please tell me if they r available for download from any site.

Old 01-29-2004, 12:20 AM   #2
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I've done a CD-less install of Fedora, but that was over FTP. Here's how Fedora is done:

You can make an FTP directory for FTP transfer from the iso images.
The directory you select as your Fedora directory should correspond to the root directory on CD1, and the RPMS on the other CDs should go in the correct folders inside your FTP root directory. Make sure you have an FTPd running on your PC (GuildFTPd is a pretty decent windows FTP server - do a google)

On the laptop, make sure you make the boot floppies to get the bootloader running, and then select FTP install, and then insert the drvnet.img floppy (contains all the ethernet card drivers). Then select your FTP root directory on your other PC.

Don't forget your ethernet cross cable!

An FTP install takes a bit of networking prowess to pull off, but it's not impossible.
Old 01-29-2004, 02:48 AM   #3
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It depends on your Apple laptop I believe. Oldworld Macs don't support booting Linux CD-ROMs at all (newworld Macs do) so the common Intel-compatible installation procedure doesn't work anyway. Use BootX, the Mac/Linux bootloader. You will have the option to choose which OS to boot in a graphical nice little window.

You just copy a few basic files to your MacOS installation and install BootX, then reboot and choose your Linux installation option to boot and install Linux. You can add more choices for BootX later on.



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