Ubuntu Live CD on Wallstreet... impossible?

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  1. swamprock macrumors regular

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    So, I've been reading that it's impossible to get a Ubuntu Live CD to boot on a Wallstreet or other oldworld Mac.

    I think not!

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    Granted, it's a bit of a hassle to configure, takes forever to get to the desktop, and is so slow as to be completely and utterly useless (kind of like this post is), but it IS possible.

    But there you go...
     
  2. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Ubuntu has become such a bloated pig that it takes forever to get to the desktop on any hardware. I ditched it when it started to include Amazon spam in its desktop search results. Now that Mint has been shown to be a security black hole, there are hardly any mainstream distros to recommend any more.
     
  3. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    it's not spam, it's the search box that extends search to include Amazon search. It's a single switch (ON by default in the current release).

    Keep in mind, that it will be disabled by default on Ubuntu 16.

    My personal preference is Manjaro Linux.
     
  4. abundantmussel macrumors member

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    Personally I use Debian for most things.
     
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  6. LightBulbFun macrumors 6502a

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    very cool :) a while back I managed to boot Lubuntu 12.04 Live CD on my G3 beige heh I used the OS9 BootX app to boot strap it from OS9 (I could not setup a successful dual boot tho when trying to install it to the HDD) would you care sharing how you booted ubuntu on your Wall street

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  7. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    I use 6.04 LTS on older PowerPC macs. Lightweight, easy,and fun
     
  8. lowendlinux Contributor

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    Because their website was hacked and some .iso corrupted they are a security black hole?

    Please tell me you're missing the 1 in front of that 6.04
     
  9. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    No.
     
  10. lowendlinux Contributor

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    It's not connected to the network then right
     
  11. swamprock thread starter macrumors regular

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    I used BootX, the kernel and ramdisk from the iso, and a very arcane boot argument to get it to even recognize the cd drive. I'll have to boot up my Wallstreet to retrieve that boot line when I can.

    I think from boot to desktop, it was about 20 or so minutes, and remained complete molasses after that.
     
  12. swamprock, Mar 15, 2016
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    swamprock thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry it took me so long to do this, but I just plain forgot about it...

    1. I renamed image.gz (the ramdisk from the Ubuntu Live CD) to ramdisk.image.gz after dragging it into the Linux Kernels folder.

    2. Run BootX, select the kernel and ramdisk, then put this line in the boot arguments:

    video=atyfb:vmode:14,cmode:32,mclk:71 casper/enable=true casper-udeb/snapshot/backing-file=/cdrom/casper/filesystem.squashfs boot=casper

    3. Boot Linux and wait an eternity+50 years to marvel at your handiwork...

    I've gotten Jessie to install on my Wallstreet. Using PPCLuddite's guide, you can get a decent and usable system with a GUI running, as long as you don't run too many things at once. Luakit and Midori (the latest is in Backports) actually run pretty well, and if you set up Openbox with the bare minimum necessities, you can actually have an up-to-date OS on your 18-year-old Powerbook. Fun stuff...

    If you have a DVD card, though... pull that sucker before trying to boot linux. It'll panic if you don't...
     
  13. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Can you elaborate on how Linux Mint "has been shown to be a security black hole"?
     

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