Installing Linux on a G3

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Bakin, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Bakin macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up an iMac G3 system, its kind of a bluish green. has os8.6 and i would like to install Linux on it, can anyone help me with this? im certain if i can get the system to boot from the disc i can handle the rest myself, i have tried holding down C when starting and had no luck.
    Thanks:)
     
  2. rfruth macrumors regular

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  3. Bakin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, i wasnt very clear, i want to know how to install over os 8.6
     
  4. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    Did you download the PPC version of Ubuntu?
    the new version does not work on well G3. 6.06 is the last officially supported version. I got 7.04 to work on mine, 7.10 is available here http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/7.10/release/

    It is a little hidden on the ubuntu site.

    Do you have access to a mac os disk? so you can wipe the drive before you try to install Ubuntu? work better that way.

    I installed it on my bondi blue imac and it ran for two more years as an awesome machine.
     
  5. Bakin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes i have PPC and No i dont have an OS disc. do you know how i would go about making the imac boot from disc?
     
  6. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    If I recall what I did last time
    I ust put the live disk in after system booted into OS 9 and then double clicked on the ubuntu disk installed from there.


    It did not want to boot from disk until I burned the CD in toast on my G5 imac, did not like the disk from the MBP.

    The bondi blue imac finally gave out about three months back so I cannot test it now.
    You might have better luck on the ubuntu forums
     
  7. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    quite honestly, i dont know if you could even do that...
     
  8. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    Um you can hit option when starting up and click the Linux disk to boot
     
  9. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    I know its possible. But I think you are stuck with an older distribution. Yellow Dog Linux dropped support for that cpu, I think a few others did too. Google YDL, they still have the older version you need + instructions to get you going.
     
  10. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    Are you dead set on linux??? Reason I ask is that I had a G3 iMac that I gave to my friend, it has Mac OS X 10.3 and that iMac works great, and it runs 10.3 without any problems. You can pick 10.3 on eBay for a vary reasonable price now and days.

    -iGrant
     
  11. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    I have an Rev B iMac running Ubuntu, and it works well enough for a home webserver and some light browsing and OpenOffice duties. If I were you I wouldn't attempt to install anything newer than 7.10.
    If you're having trouble booting from the install CD holding down 'C', you might want to re-burn the CD at a slower speed. The G3 iMac's CD ROM is a bit finicky. Also, the install will take a while and will require a few "tweaks" to get everything working. There are a few helpful threads in the Ubuntu forums about installing on that model iMac. Google is your friend.
    I wouldn't try any version of OS X on a G3 iMac. It's really painful.
     

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