Dual-Booting on PPC

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fireshot91, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I guess this topic would be best-fitted for this section?


    Anyways, I have a PowerMac G5, running 10.5.8 Leopard. Is there any way I can run Karmic Koala Ubuntu (9.10) on this machine, without wiping my hard drive? Sort of like Boot Camp except for PPC machines?
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Bootcamp partitions the drive and gives you the drivers.

    In theory, you can do things manually by making the partition manually.

    FYI, do you know OSX is unix? Linux is varient of linux.
     
  3. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes, I know that OSX is unix.

    I mean, I know I can manually partition the drive, but won't be it a destructive partition, essentially re-formatting my whole drive?

    I'm guessing the only non-destructive way to get this would be a Virtual machine?


    EDIT: Should've added that I do realize that linux and Unix won't be exactly the same. I just want to try out something new. That's all.

    Any suggestions that are free?
     
  4. chriszzz macrumors 6502

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    I know there as some applications that can dynamically resize the partition without data destruction. I believe iPartition will do that.
     
  5. Genesiscreative macrumors newbie

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    Why not just add a second drive to your tower?
     
  6. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    Leopard can resize the partition I think. Use Disk Utility. Should have a backup, just in case something goes wrong.

    Whether this is enough for the PPC version of Ubuntu to install, I don't know.

    I don't think Ubuntu 9.10 is built for PPC. At least not officially.
     
  7. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    There is a community-maintained version, as far as I know.
     
  8. yettimillan macrumors regular

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    Why don't you try a vm, Virtual machine is good and free, parallels and VMware Fusion offer free trials.

    That way you dont have to partition and can boot within mac os.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    RE:
    "Anyways, I have a PowerMac G5, running 10.5.8 Leopard. Is there any way I can run Karmic Koala Ubuntu (9.10) on this machine, without wiping my hard drive? Sort of like Boot Camp except for PPC machines"

    Why not buy a _second_ hard drive, install it, and then install whatever you want on that drive?

    Doing so will leave your original drive untouched.

    - John
     
  10. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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    PEOPLE! The OP has a G5! A G5 will not run Bootcamp, Parallels, or VMWare. You must have an Intel platform.
     
  11. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Why not buy a second hard drive you ask?

    Because that costs money, I don't have money. Well, I do, but it's for more important things in life. This, isn't important at all, seeing as how OSX works perfectly for me.

    And uh, I guess I can try to run Virtual machines. Anything that works with a G5?
     
  12. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

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    Options:

    1. For a virtual machine, you probably want an old copy of Virtual PC, v6 or v7. This will cost money.

    2. Virtual PC will cost you more than buying a second hard drive. So buy a 2nd hard drive, it'll serve you well after your experiment with Linux. Not quite sure why you bought a G5 if you weren't planning to use the expansion.

    3. Backup everything you want to keep, reformat into several partitions and re-install. Put Linux on the first partition. This will be free.

    4. Sell the PMG5 and buy an old iMac G5 and Virtual PC, or an old iMac G5 and an old Intel PC. Better than free, you'll probably make some money on this.

    5. Look for a free old hard drive from a work colleague upgrading their Mac / PC. Can't remember the number of disks I've parted with to friends, from 4GB to 10GB, a batch of 60 and 80GBs and even more 120GBs. Make sure you get the right kind (SATA) for your PMG5. I think these start around about 160GB. Cost between free and a cup of coffee / tea.

    How big is the disk you use for backups ? Or do you backup to DVD / CD ?
     

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