GUI-less OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Biolizard, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Biolizard macrumors 6502

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    I've had a look around and can't find much in the way of answers to this recently.

    I've picked up a second hand Mac Mini G4 with Leopard on and want to use it as a headless file/web/whatever server, so I don't really need the GUI and with only 512MB RAM I need all the memory I can get.

    Is there any way to stop Aqua from starting at boot while preserving functionality? I know of Single User Mode but it sounds like it runs in a very restrictive environment.


    On the other hand, what're people's experiences with recent versions of PPC Linux distros?
     
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040

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  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Wouldn't it be easier and still cheap just to throw a little more RAM in it?
     
  4. Biolizard thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Could do; I was hoping to eek out more performance without spending £25 on a Gig tbh (cheapskate :p). Plus opening the Mini and keeping it intact sounds challenging, but if that's what it takes.
     
  5. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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    You could just crash the GUI by putting in a blank Extras.rsrc (with a backup, of course) That will boot you to the login: prompt :)
     
  6. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS X hints has a good guide here. It's pretty simple.
     
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    Unbuntu has a PPC version and that typically consumes less resources then OSX. You may want to look into that
     
  9. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Ubuntu is crap when compared to other linux distros. Debain PPC FTW. Or just run OSX (server) headless. Either way, they both rock.
     
  10. loveturtle macrumors member

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    The correct way to do this is quite simple. edit /etc/ttys and comment out this line
    console "/System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow" vt100 on secure onoption="/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"
    then uncomment this line
    console "/usr/libexec/getty std.57600" vt100 on secure

    That's it, now reboot. Make sure you boot in verbose mode or else you'll just get what looks like a blank screen. You can do that with

    nvram boot-args="-v"

    Odd, doesn't seem to work for me on snow leopard. they must have changed it. I'm pretty sure it works with 10.5 though, I can't quite remember the last time i did it..if it was 10.4 or 10.5. I guess you'll find out when you try!
     
  11. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    SL has a lot of little changes but they matter, quite a bit. Try the method I linked to, that should help.
     
  12. Biolizard thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks all :)

    Yes, but it's "community led", which doesn't fill me with confidence when stacked up against other distros.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm running ubuntu and I can vouch for its stability and performance. In fact they (ubuntu folks) have done a great job at banging out versions every 6 months.

    Don't knock until you try it, ubuntu is quite the popular distro
     
  14. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    I have Ubuntu from 7.10 to 9.04 and plan on getting a 9.10 dis sent, its just for a server, its crap compared to the other versions out there. You want a kick ass server? CentOS or Debian FTW. Ubuntu is a great distro for a) newbies to linux, and b) people who dont need much.
     
  15. belvdr macrumors 603

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    We use RHEL, and it works fine. Ubuntu is more than just newbies. It's a great laptop/desktop OS. I'm not sure what you mean by point B. There is a ton of software out there for Ubuntu and is available by the repos.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    You have a right to your opinion, I'm very happy with ubuntu and given how active their discussion forums are, many people feel the same way. I'm not interested in getting into a linux pissing contest. You like centos or debian, that's great. I'm extremely happy with ubuntu.
     
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  18. belvdr macrumors 603

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    You can just disable the GUI, so you don't need to compile/install Darwin.. Many methods can be had by Googling this.
     
  19. soup4you2 macrumors regular

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    Most Linux distros offer a PPC port in some way.

    personally i would go with Debian or FreeBSD. Ubuntu is just too bloated and installs too much crap by default for my tastes.

    or once OS X is booted up you can just enter

    >console (be sure to include the '>')

    for the username and the GUI will go away. Although i'm not sure if windowmanager stops running.
     

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