Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 07-23-2006, 12:11 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Linux for Mac PPC on an external firewire drive

I'd like to install Linux (Ubuntu ?) on my Mac mini G4 PowerPC, on an external firewire drive, in dual boot with Mac OS X.
Is it possible ? Are there any tutorials ?
Best Regards
Old 07-24-2006, 08:33 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Mar 2002
Location: Salt Lake City, UT - USA
Distribution: Gentoo ; LFS ; Kubuntu
Posts: 12,612

Rep: Reputation: 68
I think the biggest problem you'll run into is getting the drive recognized from Mac's EFI (equivilent to a BIOS sort of). You may be able to trick the bootloader (depending on which one you use) into just booting the non-existent drive, but that seems like it's probably fairly advanced. An external USB drive might be a lot more friendly with external drive booting because more and more BIOS (and because of the lack of documented info on EFI I assume EFI is similarly encumbered in this area) support USB booting.

Good luck!

Old 07-25-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Linux on a bootable firewire hard disk on Mac G4 PPC

Thank you for the advice.
In the meantime I knew that Yellow Dog Linux 4.1 allows for that.
I have to look for more information, however.
Best Regards
Old 08-23-2010, 08:53 PM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2010
Posts: 28

Rep: Reputation: 0
You could hold down the key OPTION and then the mac should give you a list of bootable devices.

Last edited by 9876543210; 08-25-2010 at 07:38 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing Linux on an external firewire (ieee 1394) drive astromac Linux - Newbie 3 05-11-2006 07:35 PM
Linux on mac external firewire HDD chfong Linux - Newbie 2 02-25-2005 01:23 AM
linux can install from external firewire DVD drive? pickle Linux - Software 1 07-15-2004 05:02 PM
Is it possible to mount an external mac formatted firewire drive? BrianK Linux - General 1 06-03-2004 07:08 PM
Boot Yellow Dog Linux From A External FireWire Drive frugle Linux - General 0 10-29-2003 08:36 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration