Operating Systems for PowerPC Macs

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by AmazingHenry, Oct 6, 2016.

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Which OS is Your Main/Favorite One?

  1. Mac OS X/MacOS 9

    87.8%
  2. MintPPC

    2.0%
  3. MorphOS

    7.1%
  4. Debian

    8.2%
  5. YellowDog Linux

    1.0%
  6. Unbuntu MATE/Server/Lubuntu

    14.3%
  7. NetBSD/OpenBSD/FreeBSD

    3.1%
  8. Gentoo Linux

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. OpenSUSE

    1.0%
  10. Other

    3.1%
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  1. AmazingHenry, Oct 6, 2016
    Last edited by Daniël Oosterhuis: Jul 30, 2017

    AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    For future reference, I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of all of the operating systems that we can put on our PowerPC Macs. This is a WikiPost, so add what you know of to the list below, along with the URL. Thanks!


    Mac OS X and 9
    MorphOS
    Ubuntu Linux distros

    NOTE: Ubuntu loses PowerPC support sometime around 2019 with security updates only until 2021
    Other Linux
     
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    Thanks for all of your help, the list is much longer right now than I expected it to be.
     
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    BeOS
    OS/2 Warp PowerPC edition (only ran on certain IBM systems and thunkpad laptops)
     
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    Windows NT 3.5 is the same way-it will only run on the PPC IBM desktops and Thinkpads

    NT 3.5 supported a LOT of architectures, but seemingly didn't support the most common/popular computers made in those architectures. It will run on a MIPS processor, for example, but not Silicon Graphics.
     
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    The first post is a WikiPost, so feel free to add that in.
     
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    Added some more.
     
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    Thanks so much! That's very helpful.
     
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    Maybe a moderator could make this thread a sticky? It contains some fairly useful information for PowerPC Mac users and I'm willing to keep it up to date.
     
  12. AmazingHenry, Oct 15, 2016
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    As am I. It would be great if a moderator could do that, this certainly does have some very useful info.
     
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    So out of those (aside from OSX) which builds are your favorite and why?

    Speed?
    Features?
    Ease of setup/use?
     
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    Mine are all running MorphOS as default, OSX is installed on some (but never gets used) Mint/Debian had a short live on the PMacG4 when it still had the 2x1.8 Sonnet installed (only to benchmark it against a P6T).
     
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    I liked MorphOS but I couldn't find a web browser for it. If I could find one I would consider using it on some of my Macs. Did you find a web browser? Thanks.
     
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    It's right on the ISO, look into applications/OWB
     
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    Thanks so much! I didn't find that.
     
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    How much does a MorphOS license cost?
     
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    Totally worth it IMO. I doubt MorphOS will ever make it into the mainstream, but it's a great operating system for Power PC Macs.
     
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    I'm about to add a poll asking which one you use. It'll have to be a bit shortened because there's a limit on how many responses you can have on a poll.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 1, 2016 ---
    Also, I'll let you select either 1 or 2 different operating systems, as you may use 2 of them.
     
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    Voted for Mac OS, because as of now I haven't tried any alternative operating systems on PowerPC Macs. After getting through the hassle of trying Linux on my 2006 iMac, I'd like to make Tiger and Leopard as usable as possible. But a Linux installation is still in the long-term plan for my G5 Quad.
     
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    In what ways is it worth it? I didn't get a lot of info from the website. What does it do that Mac OS X or *NIX type operating systems don't do.
     
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