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Linux install on Old IMac
My first and foremost question is in regards to the IMac. Although I tried several apple sites, I still do not have an answer and I can not get past the login screen.
Here's what I have, hopefully someone can help me out here.... Was given an IMac with no orig install cd's, by going off of wiki, and pictures, it appears to be a 98 G3.
As I am unable to get past the initial login screen upon it's startup, a friend suggested resetting the admin user password, so he had me do a single-user boot thingy, but nothing.... then he stated that it had to do with a 'firmware' thing, so he had me do another boot thing that got me into it, something with reset-all, hit enter, she rebooted/restarted, and brought me right back to the same startup login screen.... Now he tells me, oops, guess I am not that familiar with Macs... so wanted to dis-member him and beat him with his own arm!
First off, do I need the orig install cd's from the Mac to turn this machine into one running linux?
Second, is there anyway to get past this login screen without those stupid orig cd's?
Sorry, semi-tensed about this, my patience level is at about 2.5 right now....
Hello and Welcome!
First... no. You don't need the Mac discs to install Linux
Second, on a Mac the only way to reset the Admin password if you don't know what it is is with the installation disc.
As far as installing on this box, what can you tell us about the hardware? Isn't the '98 iMac a G3? If so, that would be a PPC processor. I may be wrong, but I don't believe Jaunty is compatible with PPC chips. But rumour has it that the next release, Karmic Koala, [I]may[I] be what you need. And it should be released in October.
Otherwise, you'll need to shop around for a compatible distro.
Do you know how much RAM this thing has? I was looking at Wikipedia and it looks like it came default with 32MB. If so, you're going to have a very difficult time running much of anything on it. Even lightweight linux distros usually want at least 128MB. Ubuntu recommends at least 512MB.
If you can upgrade your ram to 128MB, I would recommend trying Debian, which is one of the few distros with an official PPC architecture port.
I would think Crux is a little advanced for a new user.
I have a minimal Arch install on my Dell Mini 9, running pekwm, which is a very lightweight window manager. With just the desktop running, and almost no services - alsa, wicd, and ssh pretty much - it uses about 90MB RAM. I would assume a minimal Debian install to be roughly equivalent. With 64MB, and swap, you could function, though performance wouldn't be great.
whoa.... slow down!
Okay, that's a lot of stuff to take in at one sitting, wow!
It appears to be the G3 IMac. It is the tangerine case/cover type. If I can not get past the login screen or into the single user screen, how can I tell how much RAM she has, just on the chance that prior owner added/upgraded something at some point?
Do I need to use tools for this answer?
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Debian -- PowerPC Port
is an alternative, if you don't mind running an older kernel. There are some issues with upgrading, but all the links are there.
OpenBSD/macppc isn't linux, but if you can't find a linux distro that works, this one is tougher to install, but very solid, if your hardware is supported.
Last edited by Hal343; 09-03-2009 at 05:32 AM. Reason: additionRegistered Linux User #420832