Lubuntu 16.04 Remix

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Here it is. New and improved over the stock 16.04 release. You can use as a live dvd / recovery system, or install it. What's changed since the original release back in 2016?

Added SpiderWeb, SpiderMail, and Arctic Fox (modern web browsers and email client)
Added wifi firmware, sound modules, and windfarm (fan) modules loaded by default
Added right click for ibook/powerbook users via 2 finger tap (PB) or left ctrl + click (IB)
Added inxi and neofetch cli system info scripts
Added midnight commander (mc) cli file manager / editor / ftp client
Added discord and facebook messenger plugins for Pidgin
Added custom wallpaper
Disabled the annoying crash reporter that always ate cpu cycles
Added conky desktop system monitor with custom layout (menu -> run, type conky -b)

There might be more that i'm forgetting, but that's the basics anyway.
Download is 1029M

Sound is enabled, but muted by default. Open terminal, type alsamixer, right arrow key until you highlight "pcm", up arrow key to set desired volume level, esc key to exit.

Here's some known yaboot parameters to boot with:
The default option is 'live' (try this first)

Nvidia Geforce 6600 & FX5200 use
Code:
'live video=TV-1:d video=offb:off nosplash'
Nvidia Geforce 6800 use
Code:
'live video=TV-1:d video=TV-2:d video=offb:off nosplash'
Radeon 9xxx cards use
Code:
'live radeon.agpmode=-1 radeon.modeset=1 video=offb:off nosplash'
ATI Rage 128 use
Code:
'live video=aty128fb:1024x768-16 video=offb:off nosplash'
Generic frame buffer drivers when all else fails
'live video=radeonfb:1024x768-16 nosplash'
'live video=nvidiafb:1024x768-16 nosplash'
'live video=rivafb:1024x768-16 nosplash'

ubuntu16remix.png


Bonus:
I created a persistent storage live USB.img. Meaning you can boot from this USB.img and all your settings/bookmark/etc will be saved.
I also adjusted the fonts to look better, resized the wallpaper to fit, added noscript to both AF & SW browsers and installed irssi irc client.
This is designed for a 4gb USB stick (can be used on larger though), and leaves you with about 2GB of persistent storage you can use. (just dont apt upgrade or you'll lose about 1.2gb of space off the bat)
Now you don't have to worry about dual boot, or wiping tiger/leopard to run Linux. The USB stick is portable and can be used on all yourpowerpc macs. :)

To install: Grab a spare USB stick (4gb minimum) and back up its contents somewhere. Format the USB drive (msdos/fat32 or just zero it out).
Then insert the drive and verify you know where its located. In my case it was /dev/sdc. Use df -h to list which device it is.
Write the ubuntu.img to it with dd. Example: dd if=/path/to/ubuntu-remix-persistent-usb.img of=/dev/sdc bs=4096
Once it finishes writing, unmount the usb stick and toss it in your PPC mac. Fire up Open Firmware (option+apple+o+f).
At the prompt type: boot usb1/disk@1:,\\yaboot or usb0/disk@1:,\\yaboot depending on which usb port you used.
Read the yaboot boot message that pops up. Choose which suits your machine best.
At the yaboot boot prompt type:
Code:
live video=offb:off nosplash persistent
(this is a generic last ditch effort parameter). You must always use the 'persistent' parameter if you want it to save your session.
My mac mini g4 with a radeon 9200 and powerbook g4 with a radeon 9700 use this yaboot parameter:
Code:
live radeon.agpmode=-1 video=offb:off nosplash persistent
With any luck you'll end up in a live session with the ability to save files, install software, etc.

Download here:


liveUSB.png

Cheers
 
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Here it is. New and improved over the stock 16.04 release. You can use as a live dvd or install it. Live is semi limited in features vs full installation however. What's changed since the original release back in 2016?

Updated to 16.04.6 with security updates as of 10/07/2019 (not on live dvd)
Removed old firefox (not on live dvd)
Added SpiderWeb and SpiderMail
Added wifi firmware, sound modules, and windfarm (fan) modules loaded by default
Added right click for ibook/powerbook users via left control + click (not on live dvd)
Added inxi and neofetch cli system info scripts
Added midnight commander (mc) cli file manager / editor / ftp client
Added discord and facebook messenger plugins for Pidgin
Added custom wallpaper (not on live dvd)
Added a few more openbox themes and Shiki-Wise gtk theme
Adjusted swappiness to use 90% ram before using swap (not on live dvd)
Disabled the annoying crash reporter that always ate cpu cycles (not on live dvd)
Added conky desktop system monitor with custom layout (not on live dvd)

There might be more that i'm forgetting, but that's the basics anyway.
Download is 1.8gb. Please read the readme.txt in the .zip

Edit: Sound is enabled, but muted by default. Open terminal, type alsamixer, right arrow key until you highlight "pcm", up arrow key to set desired volume level, esc key to exit.

View attachment 868052

Cheers
This is cool, with all the updates and everything but why get rid of old Firefox, because now on 32 bit machines we don’t have a full web browser anymore... Firefox quantum doesn’t work on 32 bit yet.
 

lewis.donofrio

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Is there a real mirror/repo that we can update sources.list to reflect this awesomeness? Does it address the install and then blackscreen issue?
 

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Because i replaced it with SpiderWeb. It's equivalent to FF60.9.
Sorry, didn't really know much about Spiderweb, I've heard of it many times and I was told it was a light browser and I kind of assumed it was like Odyssey Web Browser or the other incomplete non HTML compliant browsers.
 

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@lewis.donofrio : Once installed, it will continue to use the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS repository for packages/updates until they drop support in April of 2021. If the live dvd boots and works on your machine (with proper colors/resolution), the install should also boot just fine. During install yaboot will update yaboot.conf to whatever parameters you gave yaboot to boot the DVD.

Also note if you are on a G5, the linux hard drive has to be in the upper bay, or it wont boot or just black screen as you mentioned.

Cheers
 

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while I could create a usb boot, unless thing have gotten simpler usb OF booting of usb is 'not fun'
 

lewis.donofrio

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can I install on one hardware type like put cdrom powerbook into target disk mode and use an ibook with firewire to target drive system and install that way?
 

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@lewis.donofrio It's not that bad. Once in OF just type: boot usb1/disk@1:,\\yaboot or boot usb0/disk@1:,\\yaboot depending on which usb slot you used.
Not sure about target disk mode. Never really looked in to it. Might be possible.

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@MoerBoer in terminal type : scrot nameofimage.png or scrot -d 10 nameofimage.png (-d delay 10 seconds)
 
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I selected the powerpc64 live version on boot and it's working just fine :)

Live boot working nicely.
On my 1.67ghz Powerbook G4 15 inch boots off a usb fine, I get to the desktop and as soon as I click on the menu it locks right up. Might be a hardware problem? OS X is however working fine on same hardware. Maybe I'll try another usb stick.
 
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On my 1.67ghz Powerbook G4 15 inch boots off a usb fine, I get to the desktop and as soon as I click on the menu it locks right up. Might be a hardware problem? OS X is however working fine on same hardware. Maybe I'll try another usb stick.
Same thing happened on my 1.33 iBook G4.
 

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Here it is. New and improved over the stock 16.04 release. You can use as a live dvd or install it. Live is semi limited in features vs full installation however. What's changed since the original release back in 2016?

Updated to 16.04.6 with security updates as of 10/07/2019 (not on live dvd)
Removed old firefox (not on live dvd)
Added SpiderWeb and SpiderMail
Added wifi firmware, sound modules, and windfarm (fan) modules loaded by default
Added right click for ibook/powerbook users via left control + click (not on live dvd)
Added inxi and neofetch cli system info scripts
Added midnight commander (mc) cli file manager / editor / ftp client
Added discord and facebook messenger plugins for Pidgin
Added custom wallpaper (not on live dvd)
Added a few more openbox themes and Shiki-Wise gtk theme
Adjusted swappiness to use 90% ram before using swap (not on live dvd)
Disabled the annoying crash reporter that always ate cpu cycles (not on live dvd)
Added conky desktop system monitor with custom layout (not on live dvd)
Added HOSTS file to block most ads / malware (not on live dvd)

There might be more that i'm forgetting, but that's the basics anyway.
Download is 1.8gb. Please read the readme.txt in the .zip

Edit: Sound is enabled, but muted by default. Open terminal, type alsamixer, right arrow key until you highlight "pcm", up arrow key to set desired volume level, esc key to exit. If you don't see the volume icon on taskbar add snd_aoa_i2sbus to /etc/modules , save and reboot.

If you want to use the custom wallpaper shown with the live dvd it's located at:
/usr_2/share/lxqt/themes/Lubuntu/ubuntu-remix.jpg

View attachment 868052

Cheers
very interesting, i will try this on my PB 1.67ghz and my Ibook g4, this will be better than 12.04 haha
 

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Has anyone got lubuntu working on any eMac model fine? I want to get a 1.25 or 1.42 GHz model to use Linux on but I was told eMac isn't supported due to graphic issues with the crt display.
 

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Hmm, the installer refuses to execute on my iBook.
At all? Or just fails part way through the installer? I tested the installer for functionality (launched it, verified it displayed, then hit cancel), but I haven't tested actually installing on anything.

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Has anyone got lubuntu working on any eMac model fine? I want to get a 1.25 or 1.42 GHz model to use Linux on but I was told eMac isn't supported due to graphic issues with the crt display.
You didn't buy one yet? Honestly, just get a Power Mac G4. It combines the best of the eMac and the best of the B/W. It'll serve you better in that it won't be restricted to OS X.

Getting modern Linux working on the eMac is a tremendous pain in the @$$, if it is even possible (I'm not current). Even Debian 7 and 12.04 are subpar experiences, thanks to the CRT's ever-shifting geometry with no way to change it via software.

To be blunt, eMacs are great machines. The last model rivals low-end iMac G5s, while everything prior went toe-to-toe with the iMac G4s. But if you plan on ever running anything besides OS X, looking elsewhere is strongly recommended.
 

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At all? Or just fails part way through the installer? I tested the installer for functionality (launched it, verified it displayed, then hit cancel), but I haven't tested actually installing on anything.

Cheers
It refuses to even open. I’ve tried clicking the desktop shortcut, as well as the application menu shortcut. No dice.