Best Linux flavor for iMac G3/333?


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Mar 12, 2006
N'Albany, Indiana
I tried Yellow Dog, hated it.

Ubuntu was slow, built for G4 and higher.

How would Darwin run? Does it require much CPU?
I was also looking at Debian.

I'm mostly gonna be using Linux on the Mac as an mp3 steaming station.

EDIT: Also up to what release of Darwin will work for my iMac?


macrumors regular
Jan 10, 2006
i would have to say that gentoo is the best choice, not just for this computer, but for any. The package management system is the best you can find, everything is compiled specifically for your system, and you have total control over how your system operates. The only downside is that it takes some time to get up and running and is a more advanced install.


macrumors G3
Aug 6, 2006
for you old mac, Xubuntu is the best mainstream distro
1. its light weight, so it runs faster on older machine than those big distros like SUSE/Ubuntu/Fedora Core etc.
2. XFCE is a decent desktop environment
3. It came from famous Unbuntu family, so you can be sure it easy to setup and use.

Gentoo is hard to setup, recommend only if you know alot of linux
SUSE/Ubuntu/Kubuntu/FC/Debian are too big, won't run smooth on your machine
Damn small linux etc. ultra small distros probably are too poor to use for you

I remembered read something say, not very sure, but you get the idea.
KDE need 512Ram, Gnome need 384Ram, XFCE need 128 ram to run smoothly.