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Old 12-18-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
Gloon
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ibook G4/SuSE the way to go?


I would like to thank everyone involved here, I have had limited time to review the site but the fact that it is a wonderful resource for the new user like myself is plain to see.
I have decided to bring myself up to speed on computers in general having spent the last 5 years "out of the loop". I recently bought an Apple iBook G4 do to the fact I was unpleased with MS last time I was forced to use a computer. OSX had great reviews so this is where I went as an alternative. Linux how ever had a romantic appeal that I must explore, open and free? I must see for myself.
The little research I have done so far reading some Linux help pages and asking a few questions here and there prompted me to download SuSE from opensuse.com. I have burned the 5 cd's and after major issues managed to partition my drive and get it installed there with the help sites I've found. Apparently Linux and ppc chips dont get along? Hell I dont even really know what the PPC vs the 86x is or if thats even the right terminology.
I have already done something so the "taskbar" no longer works and a few other things have kind of fallen off the desk top. I plan to wipe it out soon and try to reinstall it again only i fear I might not be able to get it to work even as it is now.
When I was installing it many times it would freeze up with a number of different errors that i can no longer recall. I would get to the point of just quitting the install thinking "Welp that didn't work lets try..." and when i hit the install again it would pick up where it left off and keep on going. So after quitting the install processes somewhere in the number of 30 times it finished.
I have yet to understand fully the dual boot processes as I still have OSX as the main platform for the moment.
To access linux I have to boot from the install disk, start the install, exit then tell it to boot from the system on the HD. Thats where I'm at right now.
If this issue has been addressed somewhere already I'm sorry for not having the time to search the forums like i should, would you please point me in the right direction?

Q. Is SuSE the best option to put on the iBook G4?
Q. Where will I find the needed info to create a boot CD?(Its dont in YaST right?)
Q. Can you take a screen shot while your trying to install ? If so how.
Q. Any thread I might should have read before I posted this?
 
Old 12-18-2005, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hi.

1 You might want to try YellowDog Linux. It's a dedicated PPC distro, and will probably be more suited to an iBook than SuSE (they've been doing Macs longer than the SuSE developers).
2 You shouldn't need a boot CD - Yaboot should enable you to switch between OSX and YellowDog (it's the bootloader that comes with YellowDog)
3 In YellowDog you (should) be able to do Shift-PrintScreen to take a screenshot during the install, but I'm not sure if that'll work out with a laptop keyboard.
4 Try seraching for powerbook, or G4 on the forums.

Cheers.

Dave
 
  


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