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Old 06-29-2008, 01:20 AM   #1
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Converting an old iMac G4 into a Media server

I have an old iMac G4 PPC lying around (you know - the swivel headed ones)

and am looking to convert it into a NAS/Media server with the help of a lighweight Linux distro. (needs to be lightweight because the processor isn't the fastest - it barely runs Leopard as it is.)

I am relatively new to Linux (I installed Ubuntu once!) so I would need a GUI frontend to manage things.

Any suggestions?
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gentoo? Never used it. Just know it supports PPC like Yellow Dog and Fedora(i think)
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will be hard though... i heard gentoo is like slackware but a bit harder.
Old 06-29-2008, 05:57 AM   #4
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Check and They're not Linux but they are nice lightweight but full-function *NIX systems.
Old 06-30-2008, 12:16 AM   #5
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I'd go with Fedora if I didn't want to mess with config files. It comes with networking tools with can do some stuff for you, but as always, to unleash to full power of Linux, you might have to tinker under the hood a bit. For max performance, disable xdm (or kdm, gdm, etc, the program that starts the GUI automatically at boot) and only launch it when you need to use it. No sense wasting cycles rendering X11 on a server.

Alternatively, you could sell the computer on eBay (they're selling for $135-$450) or Craigslist and buy a x86 computer of much higher power with the proceeds. This route would allow you to choose from a bigger selection of distros.


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