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Old 03-24-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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Multi boot mac g4 osx xp and linux 2nd hardrive

I am a student at uei collage and i dig linux and my mac in class we use a dual boot system xp and linux centos 5.9 what i would like to do is multi boot my mac. i have done some researsh on doing this muti boot osx10.3 xppro linux ?? my biggest question would be which version of linux will work best with mac g4 and willihave to up grade mem. currently running 768 mb hardrive osx is20 gb 2nd hdd is 60 gb is this enough space if not its not a problem fixing any issues i just want this to work any input would be greatly appresiated mean while ill be doing more research on ho w to and procedure.thanks for your time and input tmech48 Terry Marshall
Old 03-24-2010, 01:45 PM   #2
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Smile linux on mac

the specifications you give us for the mac are more than enough to use linux... (if xp works, linux will work too)

I would say, explore distrowatch and choose a distro that fits you...

harddisk: 20 to 30 GB is more than enough to install linux (I would prefer a seperate /home partition of min. 10GB and also a / partition of min. 10GB for a major distro)
=> there are more small distro's as well

when you have a problem, ask it!
(but I personally don't have any experience with mac)
Old 03-24-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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yeah, i think yellowdog would work still, and i believe fedora and ubuntu have ppc releases (ubuntu PPC isn't official anymore) as for dual boot, most modern mac based distributions use yaboot as the boot loader that will allow dual booting, and yes even on separate hard drives
although i do not believe yaboot has a pretty little menu i believe you have to actually type the choice at the prompt (it lists the options and presnts a promt, then choses the default if nothing is typed after a timeout)
one caveat is that there is no official adobe flash player/browser plugin for ppc linux distributions and considering ppc macs aren't being manufactured anymore it is doubtful that there ever will be one, though there may be some open source alternatives available


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