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Old 04-09-2008, 03:36 AM   #1
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how to install linux on mac

hi guys

i am really new to linux horizon. i have a G4 mac power PC with 10.4 and 10.5 installed on to it. i want to installed linux and get started.

1. can i install linux on to mac?
2. which flavor is advisable to start of with?

Old 04-09-2008, 07:29 AM   #2
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1. Dont use a mac but maybe this will help.

2. What do you want to do with it?
Old 04-09-2008, 07:41 AM   #3
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1. a qualified yes: some distributions have a ppc port, other ones haven't. See the link posted by dopefish.

2. Fedora, Suse, Debian should be the easier ones. Ubuntu is often recommended as a first choice but PPC is not officially supported anymore so your mileage may vary. The other ones tend to require quite a bit of reading and patience (Gentoo, Rock, Crux). If you don't mind reading up first and putting in some extra work, they'll do just as fine, though.
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Do you want to keep your OS X, or do you want to get rid of it and go 100% Linux?
Old 04-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #5
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Fedora PPC

It is possible to have a dual boot system with MacOS and some other UNIX system.

I had an older iMac with a single hard drive partitioned in a way that allowsed to have both Mac and UNIX running. It was/is running MacOS9 next to some UNIXes: I had OpenBSD on it, later on Yellow Dog Linux, and finally Fedora Core, which is still installed.

Most difficult to install was OpenBSD, because even the README files required technical expertise to figure out what had to be done. With Yellow Dog success was depending on the version - older versions did work better on it(strange!). Fedora installation was easy, full GUI interface for the install process.

Haven't used that iMac for years. Current distros should work even better, I guess.

Xen in Hardy

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