Linux and Quad PowerMac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bobreborn, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. bobreborn macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2014
    I'm just curious what are some things that can be done with it; limitations, etc..
  2. Member2010 macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2013
    Been there, cut that

    The machine itself is compatible, but good luck getting the display and sound to work. I whittled away hours trying to set it up, but never got anywhere with Ubuntu, MintPPC, or Debian. I got closest to success with Debian, where the only thing that didn't work right was the sound and fan control (after a couple minutes of uptime, the fans would ramp up to full blast for no reason and never settle down). That said, newer versions of MintPPC or Ubuntu may have better hardware support, so it's worth a try. There's also no flash player available at all for PPC Linux (last time I checked).

    If your machine has less troublesome hardware, Linux works at least as well as, if not better than, OSX Leopard.
  3. yangdh macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2014
    Gentoo works on PowerMac, no problem for fan control and sound. But the most important issue for me is of OpenGL things, when Nouveau drivers are used for Nvidia cards.
  4. gsahli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    Ya, I had trouble getting linux on my MDD with 3 video card choices - either original nVidia GeForce4 MX or slight upgrade nVidia GeForceFX 5200 or ATI Radeon 9000.

    What worked - Debian 6.0.9/10 with 2.6 kernel that supports the "nv" driver with nVidia cards. Newer distros (w/nouveau)=no go. (I don't think the nv driver does OpenGL, either)

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