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Old 03-26-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
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Distro for iMac G3 - CD only


Hi guys,
I have a 2000 iMac G3 CD slot loading. I want to find a linux distro that fitson a cd (the machine doesnt read cds, and i dont have an external drive), that doesnt require a netinstall (modem is far away from machine), and of course run on the slow 32-bit PowerPc architecture.
Thanks and i hope it is not to much to ask!
 
Old 03-26-2014, 10:41 PM   #2
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Hi,

you can install a full featured Debian system with just two cds. There is a powerpc port which should work on your hardware. How usable it will be will largely depend on how much RAM you have and which GUI you use (assuming you plan to use a GUI).

cd images are available at: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...owerpc/iso-cd/


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Old 03-27-2014, 01:30 AM   #3
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Thanks
Would i pick the first two links or what?
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...werpc-CD-1.iso
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...werpc-CD-2.iso
Sorry i am a noob when i comes to linux (mac snob, whatever) but i want to do SOMETHING with this machine or i may as well throw it out.
Can you plz tell me which links?
 
Old 03-27-2014, 01:42 AM   #4
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Hi,

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yes those two should give you a basic install with the gnome 3 desktop (or a slimmer fallback option if your graphics card and/or driver are not up to the task).

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Sorry i am a noob when i comes to linux (mac snob, whatever) but i want to do SOMETHING with this machine or i may as well throw it out.
No problem, we're here to help. Just keep in mind that running Linux may be different in ways that you don't expect.

Please have a look at the installation guide https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/powerpc/. Feel free to post back if you have problems.

Cheers,

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Old 03-27-2014, 01:49 AM   #5
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Ok thanks
Ill try it soon.
Fastest person replying to me on a forum ever!
By the way, what is the third link? Is it optional extras?
 
Old 03-27-2014, 01:59 AM   #6
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Hi,

which third link? Do you mean the installation guide?

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Old 03-27-2014, 02:05 AM   #7
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The third link
http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...werpc-CD-3.iso
What is the second one too?
 
Old 03-27-2014, 02:26 AM   #8
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Just more packages (software, libraries or "apps" etc). The full Debian distribution has thousands of packages that fill up more that 60 cdroms. Not sure why only the first three are on that mirror. Anyway most people only want the net install cd which gets the installer to run as far as getting the network up, and then everything else that the system needs or the user wants is downloaded (package by package) over the network.

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What is the second one too?
The "kde", "lxde" and "xfce" are alternatives to CD-1 that provide different default desktops. "netinst" is the for the net install I mentioned above.

Cheers,

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Old 03-27-2014, 08:51 AM   #9
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Sorry i am a noob when i comes to linux (mac snob, whatever) but i want to do SOMETHING with this machine or i may as well throw it out.
My recommendation is that you do, indeed, recycle your obsolete 14 year old Mac and purchase some new hardware. A $200 Chromebook (for example) would have you up and surfing the web in Linux in less than 5 minutes. Even an iPhone (**free** with 2 year contract and fits in your pocket) has better hardware specs than your G3.

http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtop...f=19&t=1114049
 
Old 03-27-2014, 05:42 PM   #10
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Hi i installed from the first cd but i get a black screen when booting. Apparently it is related to xorg.conf or something. I didnt use the second cd though so is that the issue?
Thanks
 
Old 03-27-2014, 08:04 PM   #11
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Hi,

sorry not enough information. Is X trying to start and failing? Are you able to get a console? Eg what happends when you hit Ctrl-Alt-F2?

Why didn't you use the 2nd cd?

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Old 03-28-2014, 01:20 AM   #12
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Hi i am going back to mac os 9. At least that worked.
I cant really be bothered with linux as i will sell the machine in a few months anyway.
I will play some retro games then build a better pc. Thanks anyway.
 
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Hi i am going back to mac os 9. At least that worked.
Fair enough... I was under the perhaps mistaken impression that you were doing this to learn something.

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I cant really be bothered with linux as i will sell the machine in a few months anyway.
Ok, please let us know in advance next time, so we more easily decide if it is worth while bothering with you.

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Old 03-28-2014, 01:44 AM   #14
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Oh im sorry. Its just that i've tried Lubuntu, Debian, MintPPC and a whole lot of other stupid os'es and i am a bit sick of the overcomplexity of this junk. Maybe if the community payed more attention to making it work out of the box then it might be more popular. Goodbye.
 
Old 03-28-2014, 02:02 AM   #15
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Maybe if the community payed more attention to making it work out of the box then it might be more popular.
I think there are _very_ few, if any, people in the community using the same hardware as you. As such there is little testing and documentation specific to your situation. However it will to some extent work with some effort.

Do you think the latest OSX or Windows 8 to run on that hardware out of the box? Of course not.

Is it even possible to run the latest OSX or Windows 8 on that hardware? Again no.

As I said in my first post:
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Just keep in mind that running Linux may be different in ways that you don't expect.
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