Dual Boot an old power pc???


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 25, 2007
Wisconsin der hey
I have an old power pc based Mac running OS 8.0 (see sig for details)

is there a way that i could partion my hard drive keeping OS 8 (which i LOVE)
and run Ubuntu 7.04????

it would mostly be something to mess around with, maybe get some work done ;)



macrumors 6502a
Aug 17, 2005
Springfield Ohio
7.04 might be a little hard on that system. the memory more than anything. i tried installing 7.04 on a P1 200mhz mmx with 128mb ram and it was painful.

also that HDD might not be big enough to get 7.04 to install properly.

its much harder to install any thing like ubuntu or other free OS on a older Mac cause of the old world rom. i am not sure if all old world rom Mac's have the same issue or not. but from what i hear you have to boot into Mac OS and boot ubuntu wile booted in Mac OS.

right now with that system i would be more worried about not enough ram and low HDD space. and the low CPU speed is another thing.

BTW what model of Mac is that.


macrumors 6502
May 23, 2005
I could be wrong, but I thought that version 6 of Ubuntu was the last one developed for PowerPC processors. I'd research that.


macrumors Penryn
Mar 23, 2005
I've used 7.04 on PowerPC but it's a little flaky. Expect some problems getting binaries for certain applications as well via synaptic.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 25, 2007
Wisconsin der hey
its a 5500.
i got it off a friend who works at a fine arts school. it was free, so im happy :) the comp is suprisingly fast for the specs.
im fine running 8.0, its fast and stable. i mainly use the comp for word processing and playing cd's. files go to floppies so i can print and move them... but i know, 2GB isnt much.

well, i thought id give it a go over with the experts here, it was just a thought.

oh well, it looks like i'll have to "experiment" on that pentium II :rolleyes:

thanks guys!


macrumors 601
Nov 16, 2004
You should change your signature to read:

":apple: Power Macintosh 5500/225, 2GB HDD, 64MB RAM, OS 8.0"

Since "Power Macintosh 5500/225" is the actual model name of your computer and automatically implies that it has a PowerPC processor. Hence the confusion. The way you have it now, you could have either a Power Mac 5500/225, or a Power Mac 6500/225, or various 225mhz processor upgrade cards that were available. If you're going to ask questions about your specific computer, and then direct our attention to your signature, you should make it less vague.

Also, PowerPC is spelled as one word.