Linux for PowerPC (Again..)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jrsx, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. jrsx macrumors 65816

    jrsx

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    Specifically Ubuntu 10.04. I haven't actually used my iBook with its 32 GB SSD in a while. I tried to sell it multiple times on eBay like I did my PowerBook, but to no avail. So I kept it. I decided again to try a bunch of different flavors of Linux on the machine. Some worked, some didn't. Well eventually I fell back to the one that works best (aside of Linux Mint). I didn't want to waste a couple hours getting things like sound, slower fans, etc. to work in MintPPC (not to mention the time it takes to install the actual OS is around 2 hours with my internet speed), so I installed Ubuntu 10.04 again. This time, I plugged in the ethernet cable, installed available updates, and finally got the wifi working. I also managed to get the fans working (they won't work unless you add something to etc\modules in the terminal). That wasn't too hard! So right now it's a pretty decent netbook. Internet is actually very snappy on it. The only things that aren't are things like the graphics. But for a pretty basic PPC Netbook (a little tinkering involved...) Ubuntu isn't terrible for the iBook. *Prepares for all the hate messages from OSX lovers*
    THIS ISN'T TO SAY I DON'T LIKE OS X! If you have Tiger or Leopard, INSTALL IT! Linux isn't the best for PowerPC Macs. It wasn't designed for it, and while it is actually pretty up to date, for performance and speed, I'd go with OS X. But just having some fun here, Ubuntu isn't all that bad! :eek:
     

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  2. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    I like Linux. I run Debian (Jessie) on my ThinkPad and it runs great. For my Macs though, I like Mac OS.
     
  3. ctmpkmlec4 macrumors 6502

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    I have had a positive experience running Debian Wheezy on my Power Mac G5. Nothing wrong with running an alternative OS.
     
  4. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Why is OS X better than Linux for PPC? Ubuntu is newer and more supported and can do more than OS X. It is also safer.

    You say Ubuntu is slower than Tiger or Leopard? I thought it would be faster. You could try Lubuntu instead. I'd go with the latest or last supported release of Lubuntu for a PPC Mac.
     
  5. jrsx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have actually experimented quite a bit with Lubuntu on PPC. May give it another go soon. :)
     
  6. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    I recently installed Debian with LXDE on my 1.25 PB 15" - it was the absolute minimal installation and expected to see significant speed ups but didn't. I quickly wiped it and went back to Tiger.
    I think Linux is great and whenever I have a spare laptop it always has a Linux distro on it, usually Crunchbang or Bodhi, I just don't think it's suited to PPC unless you have very specific requirements (eg bang up to date web security) and no need of particular software that is Mac only.
    Having said that, if I'm ever in the position of having a spare iBook or Powerbook, I would put Linux on it and keep at it until everything is fine tuned.
     

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