Debian 7.11 "Wheezy" on my PowerMac G4 MDD - In action video!

pochopsp

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As promised, here's a "short" video of the "Universal operative system" in its version 7 running on my MDD with 3D HW acceleration from video card:


EDIT: Due to enthusiasm I missed some important information:

I have the stock Ati Radeon 9000pro which shipped with my MDD, and Debian is the most compatible system I have found to be working with this video card, BUT, I had to do some workarounds to make it work properly on Wheezy:

  1. The version which enables 3D acceleration from my video card (and maybe many others) is Debian 6 "Squeeze", so I started from it in the version "debian-6.0.10-powerpc-xfce+lxde-CD-1.iso" from this link: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/6.0.10/powerpc/iso-cd/
  2. After the system finished installation I had to edit the sources.list to get software from Debian archive since Squeeze is not supported anymore. So I installed the following packages (I don't remember if they were already installed or not):
    Code:
    libgl1-mesa-dri
    
    
    libgl1-mesa-glx
    
    
    libglu1-mesa
    They install in version 7.7.1-6 from the Squeeze repository. I installed mesa-utils too but that is optional, I suggest you to download it anyway, it will install in version 7.7.1-6 too.
  3. Then I installed the package "firmware-linux-nonfree", it contains my Radeon video card drivers.
  4. Then I created a file called preferences in this path: "/etc/apt/preferences in which I put this text:
    Code:
    Package: libgl1-mesa-dri
    
    Pin: version 7.7.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: libgl1-mesa-glx
    
    Pin: version 7.7.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: libglu1-mesa
    
    Pin: version 7.7.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: mesa-utils
    
    Pin: version 7.7.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg
    
    Pin: version 1:7.5*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-core
    
    Pin: version 2:1.7.7*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-input-evdev
    
    Pin: version 1:2.3.2*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
    
    Pin: version 1.2.2*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-input-wacom
    
    Pin: version 0.10.5*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-ati
    
    Pin: version 1:6.13.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-chips
    
    Pin: version 1:1.2.3*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-fbdev
    
    Pin: version 1:0.4.2*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-mach64
    
    Pin: version 6.8.2*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-mga
    
    Pin: version 1:1.4.11*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
    
    Pin: version 1:0.0.15**
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-r128
    
    Pin: version 6.8.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-radeon
    
    Pin: version 1:6.13.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-s3
    
    Pin: version 1:0.6.3*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-s3virge
    
    Pin: version 1:1.10.4*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-savage
    
    Pin: version 1:2.3.1*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-sis
    
    Pin: version 1:0.10.3*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-sisusb
    
    Pin: version 1:0.9.3*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-tdfx
    
    Pin: version 1:1.4.3*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-trident
    
    Pin: version 1:1.3.3*
    
    Pin-Priority: -1
    With the preferences file you will keep these packages version, and this is FUNDAMENTAL, because libgl1-mesa-dri and so on in version 8 will not enable 3D acceleration (at least for my video card)
  5. Finally, last step is to delete Squeeze repositories from sources.list, insert the wheezy ones, type the commands "apt-get update" and "apt-get dist upgrade", then wait while the system upgrade to Debian 7 "Wheezy".

Maybe this method works with Debian 8 too but I didn't test it.

To answer @Lastic 's questions:
Yes, newest Firefox is available on Debian PowerPC, but on version 8 "Jessie", on Debian 7 you'll be stuck with Iceweasel/Firefox 31, and maybe yes, on the newest Firefox Netflix could work. I cannot test it as I have not a Netflix account.

--All this was possible thanks to the help of debianizzati.org (an Italian site for Debian users)

--Many other useful information about Debian PowerPC can be found on ppcluddite
 
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pochopsp

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It was already fast when I hadn't hw acceleration from video card, but I guess it's even snappier now that I have it. Did you manage to get your video card working properly?

Maybe PC towers are just faster than laptops
 

Lastic

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I've been fighting with Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and 16.10 for the past days.

Is Firefox 49 or higher available on Debian PPC ? And more important does it play Netflix when switching the UserAgent to Intel/Firefox 52 ?