Ubuntu 14.04 On G5 (Post #11)

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  1. z970mp macrumors 65816

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    Quick post. I finally got Ubuntu working after a full year of active pursuit, and I couldn't be happier. From what I've so far seen, Ubuntu 12.04 blows OS X away in terms of capability. Browsing the web feels like you're on a much newer computer, 720p fullscreen YouTube is not an unbearable slideshow, you've got a far larger selection of applications at your fingertips, and being Linux, you command the power of gods.

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    I could really go on. And I daresay I think it's even more optimized for the PowerPC than Leopard is. It certainly appears to take greater advantage of the hardware. But that's just my freshly printed perspective.

    Now then... Does anyone know how to get around 14.04's graphical issues?
     
  2. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Contact Luigi Burdo on YouTube . He is an Italian guy fond of powerpc hardware... He managed to get almost everything with Linux and his Power Mac G5
     
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    He is on another level, I tried to replicate his Fedora install but never got it running as smoothly as he
     
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    Indeed Linux can transform a Mac with PPC architecture in to a very usable machine and looks as though you have come up trumps with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running on your PowerMac G5.

    Unfortunately Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is now unsupported by Canonical and images for PPC architecture are no longer being released for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
    If I were looking to do the same I would be considering Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which is supported until 2021
    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/16.04/release/

    Whichever way you look at it running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS rather than Leopard you have a far more productive machine.
     
  5. z970mp thread starter macrumors 65816

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    16.04 is out of bounds for me. I'm currently going through the agonizing process of getting 14.04 to work. I've got the login screen, but whenever I try to log in, it sets me right back to login. It's done this on Unity (2D) and GNOME. I've tried different Xorg drivers, different Nouveau drivers, different desktop managers... I've already asked Luigi Burdo, but he hasn't said anything yet.

    Possible ideas? I 'aint givin' up.
     
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    One issue I am having with my Quad - I can't get past the splash screen.. My video card is the 256MB Nvidia card. How do I get past the splash screen ? It loads, but i can't see anything.. so i gave up running Linux on my Quad.
     
  7. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    Read the section on "2D acceleration Under Nvidia Cards" here;
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCKnownIssues

    I've had luck getting full GPU acceleration on my PCIe G5 with a Quadro FX 4500 card by just disabling MSI;
    Code:
    nouveau.config=NvMSI=0
    
    Otherwise, you can disable GPU acceleration altogether with;
    Code:
    nouveau.noaccel=1
    
     
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    Nice!
    Does sleep works with Linux on G5 now ?
    Last time i've tried Ubuntu on my iMac G5, there was no way to make it sleep . this due to G5 using SMU instead of PMU.
    But that was some years ago...
     
  10. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    No sleep unfortunately. But that's not a deal breaker for me. I have the G5 setup to triple boot (Leopard, Tiger and Ubuntu Mate 16.04), with OS X as the primary system.
     
  11. z970mp, Jun 6, 2018
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    z970mp thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Update. Got Ubuntu Server 14.04 working under GNOME Flashback + Metacity using gnome-session-fallback, and unless there's some kind of breakthrough with 16.04 that allows people to get past the VFS error, I foresee this as final for my machine. Nothing worked under Compiz, but GNOME Flashback worked under Metacity, so I'm going to see if I can get Unity humming with Metacity. More to come.

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