Installing Linux on a G3

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

  1. Bakin macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    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.
  2. rfruth macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2007
  3. Bakin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    Sorry, i wasnt very clear, i want to know how to install over os 8.6
  4. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    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

    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

    Jul 27, 2008
    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


    Nov 11, 2004
    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


    Jul 20, 2008
    quite honestly, i dont know if you could even do that...
  8. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
    Um you can hit option when starting up and click the Linux disk to boot
  9. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    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


    Sep 20, 2006
    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.

  11. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    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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