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Hi there, I have recently acquired an old power macintosh 5500/225, I believe it has only 64 megs of ram so would obviously need a very lightweight distro to run, ...
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    Is there a distro for an old Power Macintosh?


    Hi there,

    I have recently acquired an old power macintosh 5500/225, I believe it has only 64 megs of ram so would obviously need a very lightweight distro to run, but what lightweight distro would run on an old macintosh with a powerpc 300mhz processor?

    I look forward to a reply in due course

    Stuart

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    I would recommend Debian. I don't have any experience with PowerPC, but I know Debian supports that architecture and I have plenty of experience with Debian on 300mhz Intel/AMD machines with 64megs or less.

    I would suggest you do a base install, and then install the following:

    apt-get install xorg alsa-base alsa-utils icewm icewm-themes menu xfe gqview aterm iceweasel xmms

    After installing the above, configure sound with:

    alsaconf

    You can get into an icewm session by logging in as a regular user and using the command "startx".

    I'll repeat that I do NOT have any experience with PowerPC. There may be various details with doing an install on PowerPC that I'm simply unaware of. The above advice works well with a PC compatible, with 64megs of RAM.
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    Try Puppy Linux

    I haven't used puppy myself, but it is supposed to install under 100 Mb and is supposed very fast as well, good for your old computer.

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    Puppy Linux is only for i386 compatible processors. PowerPC is not.
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