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Old 02-23-2009, 07:49 AM   #1
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which for ibook powerpc?

I installed Debian, but I'm thinking of switching to Xubuntu.

Which is best for my 600mhz 256mb ram powerbook/ibook powerpc?
Old 02-23-2009, 08:27 AM   #2
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[I installed Debian, but I'm thinking of switching to Xubuntu.

Which is best for my 600mhz 256mb ram powerbook/ibook powerpc?]


600mhz speed is okay, but be aware that 256mb ram could possibly pose some issues at installation that requires you to enter parameters at grub loading. I have tried a 512mb ram hosted on an ATI with 1.5Gz of processor, kernel panics under Ubuntu 8.10 & 7.04, other distros that failed were the latest releases of Suse, Fedora & oSolaris. But when I tried Ubuntu 6.06 installation went smooth: so that means 'backward compatibility' often solves the problem of aging pc's.

As to your question: "which is best?" it depends, but i make my bet with Debian considering the latter's wider support on various architectures, it should make sense when our notebook is quite older than today's.

Here is a proven criterion to avoid headache: Try get the year when your hardware was released by the manufacturer; then get an Ubuntu or Debian release somewhere that or near that year. I assure you, with same ages they understand each other. Although, security-wise, we have to admit some concessions.

Hope it helps.



[Reminder: Linux & Unix users pound keyboards both to control system and often in applications; it is wise to obtain an extra keypad if you are heavily using the laptop.]
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I would stick with Debian.. if you are running gnome on Debian I would install XFCE or LXDE as a desktop though for the specs you mentioned.. gnome or KDE would be pretty heavy on that system.

aptitude update
aptitude install xfce4 lxde

When you boot the machine and get to the gdm login manager you can choose a session type to use before you login. Try both XFCE and LXDe see which performs better.
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On a 600mhz 256mb hardware you will struggle with any PowerPC distribution. If you have to start out tweaking with the default setup by changing the window managers and taking other trade-offs, then you can just as well sticking with Debian. Switching to Xubuntu or Fedora or whatever possibilities exist for PPC, make only sense if that other system has some known advantage for you.


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