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Old 05-01-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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Question Specific install requirements for linux on a Power Mac G5 Dual core 2.5 Ghz Powerpc

Hello all.

I am going to install a distribution of Linux on to my Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.5 Ghz PowerPC and i was wondering if anybody had done the same and had any installation advice specific to the G5 PowerPC architecture that i am going to build on. I am planning to Install ubuntu to an external hard drive and use that as a separate boot option using the open firmware codes provided on this page

When i need to use ubuntu i will simply boot from Open firmware and add the code. I am not sure that this is actually possible (or necesary would ubuntu (or any other linux distro) boot into an external USB drive from a boot loader). I have only tried this with Mac OS X and I'm not sure if the open firmware would boot cleanly into Linux. Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

I also heard on a previous forum that some people needed to modify the ubuntu kernel so that the fans/cooling system worked properly and did not work at full blast using karmic koala. Other people have said that a simple software update will do.
i was wondering if anybody could shed any light on that as i would like to know if that is in fact true.

I will probably install Ubuntu rather than another linux distro as it seems to have the most community support and i am fairly new to linux (i have only been using it for a year on my netbook).
I am not scared of the command line as i have been using it to perform tasks in OS X for years but the install on Gentoo looked way too complicated (especialy the networking part), Fedora is not a free distro, Gentoo Discontinued their PowerPC distro a while back now and the Dvd player is not so sharp anymore on my G5 (though the cd is fine for some reason) so that rules out YDL.
I thought about The T2 Project (as i have ubuntu installed on a netbook and would like a change) but i couldn't find any reviews online. So it does look like ubuntu is my best bet. Any recommendations specificly for my computer would be great.

Many Many thanks in advance

All the best

Old 05-04-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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I'll give you the minimum install requirements for powerpc on linux and bsd that will work.
My computer: G3/750 If you have this and above the answer is yes. The G3 must be in a blue&white.
386M RAM This will run you a minimalist system. Anything more than this is a point positive.
60G hard drive.

Cannibalize a CD-RW/DVD-(ROM/(+/-)RW) and use it if your DVD drive is shot.
Old 05-07-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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Well from my knowledge with Linux there is only one Linux distro that is specific for the PwerPC architecture and that is Yellow Dog. I have heard of other systems running Ubuntu and others under the PowerPC but it took a lot of configuring just to get the system to run semi okay. If I were you and you want to run a distro under the PowerPC architecture I would personally get Yellow Dog. If you do want to run other OS you might want to either upgrade your computer to an AMD or Intel processor or try to find a great guide on how to do this process. Best of luck to you.


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