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Hi all, I need help installing a Linux distro on an old mac to make a simple desktop home computer details below. The Scenario: I am trying to breath a ...
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- 11-04-2010 #1
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Shoehorning linux onto a G4
Hi all, I need help installing a Linux distro on an old mac to make a simple desktop home computer details below.
I am trying to breath a couple more years of life into a computer illiterate friend's Mac G4 [POS] computer, it is a paper weight but all he needs is a basic desktop and an web machine and he can't be made to buy a new one unless all other options are exhausted.
Is a Mac G4 power-PC architecture, 450 MHz, 18 GB HDD, 1024 Mb ram ugly little thing that was gotten for free it currently has mac OS 10.2 [unsupported] and newer OS-X (he is more familiarized with Mac) don't run on power-PC. Currently web pages don't display correctly, flash and other plug-ins and web scripts don't operate and it is very clunky with software bloat.
Is to install Linux so he can have a trim clean operating system. Ubuntu 10.04 [community ppc variant] runs off a live CD but is dead slow on account of the low processor power and I was unable to get gnash to run flash video a necessity as Adobe has abandoned power-PC, I suspect the gnash error is between chair and keyboard, advice is welcome. I would like to install a distro more suited to this system currently I am looking at mintPPC but can't quite follow the installation instructions – what is meant by Debian “squeeze” the download link gives me a mini.iso is this the same thing? Also clarification on the terminal commands would be of help. Advice on a different distro is also welcome preferably one with an all in one installing process rather than the mint, Debian, Ubuntu multi-part thingy that mintPPC is; it just needs to be power PC compatible and able to run on a few hundred MHz maybe there is an easy way to put LXDE or Xcfe on a more popular Disto? Any suggestions?
As for me:
I am a new Linux convert, discovering the glory this past July and am still learning my way around I am computer literate and somewhat savvy but I am not a tech head and I HATE working on them I can and do it but I don't like it and I am often hampered by ignorance of the latest new/trends and an acute allergy to Macs and Apple products in general.
- 11-05-2010 #2what is meant by Debian “squeeze
To use apt in Debian (or even Ubuntu based for that matter). After a Net install. The first command as root user in terminal is
If using aptitude instead of apt-get
for LXDE in Ubuntu (since you say it is already installed) Edit: My bad. I see you said running LiveCD. You really can't judge speed yet of a distro till you install it first. Running off live CD is slower than a install. So I am just answering on how you can install LXDE in a installed Ubuntu and change desktop at GDM Login>Sessions
Ubuntu - LXDE.org
- 11-07-2010 #3
Ubuntu, Lubuntu or Mint should run fine once you install. Try those, if you still aren't satisfied with the speed, go to distrowatch.com and search for older hardware distro's. Have fun.