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

    87.5%
  2. MintPPC

    1.9%
  3. MorphOS

    7.7%
  4. Debian

    8.7%
  5. YellowDog Linux

    1.0%
  6. Unbuntu MATE/Server/Lubuntu

    14.4%
  7. NetBSD/OpenBSD/FreeBSD

    3.8%
  8. Gentoo Linux

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. OpenSUSE

    1.0%
  10. Other

    2.9%
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  1. G4Droid, Dec 26, 2016
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    G4Droid macrumors newbie

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    I searched everywhere to see what I could find,

    There is Finnix no desktop is a command line Live Cd.
    Finnix is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution
    https://www.finnix.org/
    Then when I found PowerPup I started barking, I love Puppy Linux. We need to get that guy to work on it some more. Or send some help..

    http://karkuta.drivehq.com/

    Also I found T2 Live that is what Barry was using to build Puppy and this list I found said it supports the Power PC I haven't had time to test it though but I'm excited to try it.. Woof..

    http://www.t2-project.org/targets/live//?live/

    GnuStep Live CD

    http://www.aiei.ch/gnustep/
    http://mirror.noone.org/gnustep/

    and here is the List I found,

    http://livecdlist.com/architecture/ppc/

    I haven't been able to track down the last 2 on the list

    ROCK Linux
    Knoppix-MiB

    Kubuntu at the top is nearly the same as Ubuntu I think if you look around in there repository's you can find a PPC version.

    Two Kubuntu PPC Versions
    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/12.04/release/
    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/precise/release/

    The Kubuntu Repository, http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/

    There are probably some more in there if you dare to search it. lol

    That is all I came across so far. All The best, am sorry I didn't know how to put any thing in the top post still a newbie..

    Actually I made a mistake on the T2 Link. I searched the Main repository and found that the T2 Live Cd for PPC is missing, I found it here http://distro.ibiblio.org/t2/stable/6.0.3/
     
  2. jimbob200521, Dec 28, 2016
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    jimbob200521 macrumors newbie

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    #52
    Hey guys, I mostly lurk on this site but decided to pop in and ask a question. I have been getting the itch to play with my DC 2.3 G5 lately and OSX can only take me so far. I've been going through this thread and reading responses which leads me to my "issue".

    I would love to try morphOS, heck I'd even pay for it, but it doesn't support my late 2005 machine. So, what would be the next best SIMPLISTIC option for someone who doesn't know a lot about Linux or the Linux command line? Are any other OS's a good choice for a Linux novice to tinker with?
     
  3. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    Ubuntu MATE would probably be a good option.
     
  4. jimbob200521 macrumors newbie

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    Any special reason you would recommend this OS for my DC 2.3?
     
  5. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    It fits your requirements as stated in your previous post. It is a good option for a Linux novice, as it's a very easy to use desktop Linux distribution.
     
  6. G4Droid macrumors newbie

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    I searched everywhere again and found Fedora for the Power PC, version 7 through 12 I think are the only ones and Version 8 seems is the only one with a PPC live CD.. http://mirror.math.princeton.edu/pub/fedora-archive/fedora/linux/releases/

    here they claim Fedora doesn't have a Live CD for PPC.
    http://lowendmac.com/linux/fedora.html

    CRUX PPC is an open source Linux kernel-based operating system, a port of the CRUX distribution designed for the PowerPC architecture. It’s a Linux distro for advanced users and includes extended hardware support, server tools, as well as support for laptop-specific functions.

    All PPC Versions
    http://mirrors.ircam.fr/pub/crux-ppc/

    Some Info about Crux PPC
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Operating-Systems/Linux-Distributions/CRUX-PPC-42938.shtml
    Vine Linux is a supreme Linux distribution with integrated Japanese environment for desktop PCs, notebooks, and Power PC's. Versions 4.0,4.1,4.2,5.0,5.1 and 5.2 are for The Power PC. From what I read on Distrowatch Vine is multilingual and that includes English.

    All Versions Of Vine
    ftp://ftp.vinelinux.org//pub/Vine/

    I've found a few others like CentOS and Mandrake "Mandriva" but they are not full OSes, Mandriva was like never free but Mandrake I think was I've only found 2 versions of it for ppc. Also I think DecentOS became Centos. As far as I know I've just found one beta of Centos for PPC. So will not include those.
     
  7. AmazingHenry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    #57
    Pretend it just says "Mac OS". ;) If I could edit it I would.
     
  8. AmazingHenry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    For PPC newbies, perhaps it would be a good idea to add the system requirements for each OS to the WikiPost... especially as this is linked in the FAQ thread. We don't want to confuse people and make them think that that can run Leopard on their G3. :p
     
  9. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Good idea Henry! We also have to edit all Ubuntu/Lubuntu links, as they don't support PowerPC anymore!
     
  10. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

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    Well, I remember reading that Ubuntu distros will be supported till 2019 on PPC hardware with security updates till 2021 so it isn't too bad :)

    Besides, we use software that's years old on Leopard so maxing out at 2019 software won't a bad idea as the last PPC Mac that was released would be 14 years old by then. 14 years of support is good enough, and most of us use slightly older machines so a decade and a half is enough for me :) Quite sad to see that the last outpost of updated software will die soon enough.

    I have very fond memories of Ubuntu PPC.. I remember installing Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on my Sawtooth back in 2010 because OS X Tiger had a strange bug in which apps closed randomly and unexpectedly which I only fixed a couple of weeks ago. Ubuntu was my Mac's saviour and it taught me a lot of stuff heh. I still can't believe how even that has ended (well, not 100% but soon enough)
     
  11. Jon from HR macrumors newbie

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    I have the last PPC iMac model released, and this thread has me curious on messing with the OS on it, but I've read on other Forums that it's sometimes a "train wreck" to install and run. Anyone have any personal stories on dual booting Ubuntu on an iMac?
     
  12. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

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    Luck, I say! On my PowerBook G4, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a seperate parition (in order to get the dual boot option) then upgraded to Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 via the DVD. I got lucky as even GPU acceleration worked out of the box ;O
     
  13. Jon from HR macrumors newbie

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    That sounds fantastic, I happen to also own both of the PowerBook G4 models, Aluminum and Titanium. Wonder If I can dual boot some use onto them as well without too much hassle. Thanks for the insight. :D
     
  14. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

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    Don't hesitate to ask if ya have any issues. I'd suggest you install a version of Ubuntu that allows you to install alongside OS X first (such as 10.04) to avoid creating lots of partitions that the installer may not like
     
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    Will do! Thanks.
     
  16. Lastic, Jun 1, 2017
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    #66
    Whilst not starting my PowerPC Challenge yet, I'm still looking at a lot of stuff , things I plan to check further OS wise are :

    NetBSD after being inspired by this thread, using his PB G4 to go to ChaosComputerClub Convention

    https://www.geeklan.co.uk/?p=2175

    AOSC OS, seems to be a new Linux dist dropping AMD64 support in favor off PPC , that's the spirit
    (well it's a late April's Fool apparantly about dropping AMD64)

    http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.be/2016/11/current-state-of-linux-on-powerpc.html#comment-form

    https://aosc.io/community

    https://github.com/AOSC-Dev/aosc-os/wiki/PPC_Installation

    I'm currently trying to install AOSC OS Mate on my 2nd PB G4 12" .
     
  17. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    I'll be interested to see how that turns out. The i3wm version might even be faster still?
     
  18. Lastic, Jun 2, 2017
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    That was my first option but since I've installed Ubuntu Mate PPC so many times I thought to install Mate just to be able to compare it.

    I did ran into some heat issues using the Lubuntu Live when untarring (tar + xz) their 1GB tar image to disk because xz would run the CPU at 100% and the PB G4 12" 1.5Ghz did a thermal shutdown 3 times during the untarring.
    (Had the same thing with FreeBSD because there you have to compile EVERYTHING from source)

    Eventually I ran it without battery , on raised feet and the RAM cover removed to finally untarring the image.
    Then I did a chroot apt full-upgrade which again did a thermal shut down on building the font cache.

    To be sure that it's not Lubuntu 17.x Live or the fan on my PB G4 1.5Ghz, I'm going to redo my install today on my PB G4 12" 1.33Ghz.

    I do hope to get it installed because :

    1. in their package list there's Wine, Play on Linux, Qemu 2.8.1 , Firefox 52
      https://packages.aosc.io/repo/powerpc
    2. They basically strayed away from Debian/Ubuntu and built the linux kernel from source which gives us kernel 4.9
    3. They only work with volunteers, it started out as school project to my understanding
    Well, I'll stop being over-excited and first get it installed ;)
     
  19. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    @Lastic you've found the Holy Grail of PowerPC Linux distributions!!!!! So many updated packages for our outdated machines! We must try it out!!!! Thanks for your discovery, and let us know how it goes :D
     
  20. Lastic macrumors 6502

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    Well to summarize my efforts of the past 2 days :

    1. the install guide suggests to use a Live CD but on 2 machines this resulted in constant thermal shutdowns using Ubuntu Mate/Lubuntu Live because untarring the 1GB image runs the CPU at 100% and then it starts swapping to the same harddisk that is already running hot and writing all the untarred data.
    2. Thus I installed Ubuntu Mate 16.04 first, split my Linux partition in 2 and then followed the steps.
      I did have a thermal shutdown again when it was doing apt full-upgrade and building the font-caches but after letting the PB cool down , I could continue.
    3. Then Yaboot.conf bootloader hell. (also the reason why I first installed Ubuntu to have a working config)
      The default yaboot.conf created by AOSC doesn't work, it doesn't use the OpenFirmware device paths and doesn't specify the full vmlinux name so I had to adapt it until I found this hint under Multi-Booting :
      https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=994882
    4. Hooray , it now boots , but then it throws me a message on the 3rd line of the OS boot a start job is running for dev-sda5 and this just keeps running until well I gave up after 10 minutes
    So not for the faint-hearted but I found an email address of one of the developers
    (This guy who commented)
    http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.be/2016/11/current-state-of-linux-on-powerpc.html#comment-form

    so I'm going to contact him to see if he can help me and maybe also advice/ask to update their install procedure so it's easier to use.

    They don't have a forum, only IRC chat which I entered yesterday for the first time in my 27 years of IT but
    1. I can't read Chinese :)
    2. Don't have a clue on how to use an IRC chat/channel
    I was thinking of suggesting the above mentioned developer to join the forum so I could open a thread and he could aid us ?

    I think it would be usefull for them since we are a large userbase who could test and give feedback on their OS used on the PowerPC architecture.
     
  21. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Just keep going on! We believe in you Lastic, after the SMTube discovery there's nothing which can stop you :)
     
  22. mmphosis macrumors newbie

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    I made an organizing edit. Mac OS, Morph, Ubuntu, and other Linux for categories.

    I thought it might make things a bit easier because we can have the headers.
     
  24. AmazingHenry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Looks great!
     
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