New Linux For PowerPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Dronecatcher, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030

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    What is the default GUI? It looks like MATE or some other GNOME 2 derivative.
     
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    Looks to be the MATE desktop environment to me. Might try this out, thanks!
     
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    It comes with a built in audio and video editor. I’ll try it just to see what it looks like.
     
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    This looks pretty cool. Ill give this a shot over the Xmas holiday.
     
  7. Imixmuan macrumors 6502

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    Seems almost too good to be true, but here it is, running on a T2080. That confused me as I thought that was a mobile Intel processor, but I think its just a case of a T2 PowerPC e6500 having the same codename. Its a four core processor running at 1.5 to 1.8 ghz. Spoiler alert, none other than Wickinix's Arctic Fox makes a brief appearance.

     
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    This looks promising. Hopefully it doesn't end up like the 10s of other projects that end up dying.

    I've got three PowerMac G5s I could probably dedicate one of them to playing with Fienix.
     
  9. superlions16 macrumors newbie

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    this seems amazing
    i'll try it on my eMac if it works (1.5GHz OCed USB2 model)
     
  10. Traace macrumors regular

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    Its for ppc64 macs. So I doubt it works on a eMac. But try it and report back please :D



    I never had luck with this OS nor any other more up 2 date Linux for ppc.

    fienix just offer a USB stick image. No installer, no DVD image... May they thought it makes a install more easier for the user... actually its more difficult this way.

    Its hard to find the proper device_id in open firmware when you have 4 USB hubs with several devices connected.
    To compare: In my opinion installing arch from scratch for x86_64 just via terminal is easier to accomplish then installing fienix for ppc.

    I can imagine how hard it must be for a average computer user to get any newer Linux based OS beside Ubuntu 16.04 running on their power mac.
     
  11. Dronecatcher thread starter macrumors 68030

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    This is always the problem - amazing considering there's only a finite number of PPC machines you might be installing on and still, there's no automated installer to patch everything.
     
  12. Traace macrumors regular

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    Indeed, and only a finite number of active developers for Big Endian ppc linux, too.

    AFAIK fienix is a 1-man project. That deserves much respect. Still it doesn't exclude to be open for improvements.

    I'd like to help testing and compiling packages for fienix. But first I need a working (or more easy) install
     
  13. superlions16 macrumors newbie

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    didn't try it and it won't work anyway :(
    but hey at least i can just go with debian or something and then install arctic fox
     
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    Still, if those working on Linux for PowerPC concentrated their efforts we would have an amazing OS with an automated installer. They just don't seem to get along with one another and are a fractured group.
     
  15. Amethyst1 macrumors 6502

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    This seems to be the case for the x86 Linux landscape too. Lots of duplicated efforts and redundancy.
     
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    I find the world in general to be extremely redundant.
     

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