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    Linux on an iBook G4 that has no HDD


    I have an iBook G4 with a completely dead hard drive. After I loaded Linux on my current macbook I became hooked, and started thinking back on a way to get linux onto my iBook even though it has no hard drive. I know there are many possibilities such as Live Cds booting from a thumb drive etc. I have quite a few distros as Live Cds because i have been getting a group of ~5 year old machines ready to be sent off to a mission down in Haiti for a school for orphans. So now on my iBook, i managed to boot Finnix from a Live CD but out of all the distros I have tried as of yet (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Fluxubuntu, Puppy, Knoppix, and DSL I have had no luck getting it to boot from a Live CD, just the Finnix distro.

    Any Ideas of how to get this working, or alternatives?

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    I have tried as of yet (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Fluxubuntu, Puppy, Knoppix, and DSL I have had no luck getting it to boot from a Live CD, just the Finnix distro.

    Are these distros the ppc versions. PPC version of Linux is for MAC systems.

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    Yes

    Yes the ones I have been using are the PowerPC distros which I downloaded specifically for the iBook, so I dont know whats goin on

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    Why not just throw a new hard drive in it?
    Two levels higher than a newb.
    (I can search google)

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    I thought of it

    Many of them I have seen are pretty cheap, I was just thinking of putting together more of a lightweight hybrid internet surfer with it maybe using usb to boot or solid state, idk just putting together some ideas

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    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/installation/5190...

    Just copied this from a thread for installing Open Suse PPC in G3 MAC

    look there is way but only SUSE 10 but you have to go PPC Installation Issues - openSUSE and read the prossidure, but there other issues too here just one pease of it this copy of the page, Booting of the Installation CD/DVD

    CD1 is bootable on all NewWorld G3/G4/G5 Macs, IBM RS/6000 and pSeries, and also on PReP systems. To install on an OldWorld Mac, use BootX (from Ben's linux/ppc page ). To install on a legacy IBM iSeries systems, boot the CD1/ISERIES64 file as *STMF.

    yaboot will automatically pick the correct kernel for your machine.
    and this is page PPC Installation Issues - openSUSE
    hope this help's enjoy.

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    ok thanks for the links and all. im wondring tho how i can figure sumtihn out to install it into RAM, i know puppy linux can but theres not one ive found for PPC

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    I posted the previous post because you mentioned about using a USB for your hardrive.

    This link has good write ups and different choices of distros, I am just giving it to you in case you see something you haven't thought of ,like maybe SLAX.
    Linux.com :: Distributions

    This link is from PPC Penguin .org penguinppc.org: Distributions

    I hear that yellowdog linux could be an option also. I do not own a Mac, thats why I am not a great help with this. An older version of PPC Damn Small Linux like in this blog, which also mentions Knoppix might be worth a try also. Damn Small Linux 0.8.2: a quick view :: ppcnerds.org :: powerpc addicted guys

    Hopefully a Mac user reading your post will be a better help than I have been for ya.

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