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    MAC G3


    I might have a chance at a free mac G3. I have heard rumurs that I can install Linux on this thing. I am asking for confirmation. Has anybody successfully installed any kind of Linux on a G3? The box really is useless without it right?
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    You can install linux on it, as long as it's a PPC version. I think to boot from a cd on a G3 you would have to hold the
    Code:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatline
    You can install linux on it, as long as it's a PPC version. I think to boot from a cd on a G3 you would have to hold the
    Code:
    c
    key at boot time.
    What is the ppc version and how would I know if it is?
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    PPC because Apple uses PowerPC processors. I think most of the major distros have PPC support; I know Mandrake does:
    ftp://ftp.esat.net/pub/linux/mandrak...devel/iso/ppc/

    Note that before the .iso extension there is a .ppc. For most x86 distros, it would have an i386, i586, or i686 notation.
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    Oh. i would probably put either free bsd or slackware on it if possible. someone else suggested yellow dog but I haven't ever used that one before.
    Do you know the equiv in speed to PC?
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    Hard to judge across architectures like that, but usually PPC processors are faster for most things than x86 processors at the same MHz point. YellowDog is basically a RedHat based PPC distro, by the way.
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    Some other major PPC linux distrobutions:

    www.yellowdoglinux.com I think this is the largest distro just for PPC, it was YellowDog that brought YUM to us

    FedoraCore4(testing) also has a ppc distrobution.

    Slackingtosh, this a slack based PPC linux, though I think development has stopped.

    PPCLinux, which I also think development has stopped with

    I can't think of any more that have been said, but I'm sure there are more.

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    Is MAC the only PPC computer?
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    yes, it is their proc architecture, like intel/amd/etc is x86 or SUN is sparc, since dependancies compiled for the ppc may be a problem you can also try gentoo for ppc which would automatically do everything with portage.
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    I think they are only used in Macs I think, but many are made by Moterola(?).
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