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Old 01-06-2009, 07:15 PM   #1
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RS6000 7025-F40 - Looking for a Linux Distro

Does anyone have a recommendation on which Linux distro will work with my RS6000, and if there are any free distro's? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 01-07-2009, 06:03 AM   #2
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Hi, Mike, and welcome to LQ!

I'll start with the easy question- If you can find it here, it's free. Just download, burn the image to CD, boot from CD and install.

The CPU on the RS/6000 7025-F40 only ranged from 133-233MHz. That's pretty slow in today's world. The only suggestion I have is to try a light-weight distro like DSL or Puppy.

Good luck!

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Debian would be the best bet imho... There aren't a whole lot of Distros that are still ported to PowerPC.
You could check Distrowatch for other PPC ooptions.

From the Debian install guide..
Quote: Kernel Flavours

There are four flavours of the powerpc kernel in Debian, based on the CPU type:


Most systems use this kernel flavour, which supports the PowerPC 601, 603, 604, 740, 750, and 7400 processors. All Apple PowerMac machines up to and including the one marketed as G4 use one of these processors.

The power64 kernel flavour supports the following CPUs:

The POWER3 processor is used in older IBM 64-bit server systems: known models include the IntelliStation POWER Model 265, the pSeries 610 and 640, and the RS/6000 7044-170, 7043-260, and 7044-270.

The POWER4 processor is used in more recent IBM 64-bit server systems: known models include the pSeries 615, 630, 650, 655, 670, and 690.

Systems using the Apple G5 (PPC970FX processor) are also based on the POWER4 architecture, and use this kernel flavour.

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