[Cialug] Old Mac PowerPC

Stuart Thiessen sthiessen at passitonservices.org
Fri Jun 17 07:24:51 CDT 2005

I bought it off a friend for fun because I had never played around on a 
Mac OS 9 computer. I'm much less familiar with hardware details than 
most of you. It is one of those PowerPC deals before the G3. I think it 
has one of those add-on cards to make it run faster. It runs OS 9.1 or 
9.2 (it's been a while since I played with it) pretty well.

I have used SuSE and Red Hat before (as in late 1990's) but nothing on 
a PowerPC platform, so wasn't sure what distributions were considered 
best for that platform.  Thanks for your input.



On Jun 17, 2005, at 6:52, Renegade Muskrat wrote:

> How old a Mac are we talking about? I have a 400 MHz G3 iMac (which 
> shipped with OS 9) that runs Linux well enough that it could be my 
> primary computer if i wanted it to. I'm running Debian Sarge, booting 
> off an external firewire disk. On a side note, there aren't complete 
> instructions anywhere on the web that i could find for getting Debian 
> (or any other distribution) running on an external firewire disk, so 
> if someone wants to know how it is done i could type something up.
> You mention SCSI which makes me think your machine is even older than 
> my old iMac. Is it one of the earlier G3 models? Or is it before the 
> G3? Those really old machines are going to be rather slow. If you 
> don't run X it should do great. Or if you do run X, if you use one of 
> the minimalist window managers it will probably still be OK. As for 
> which distribution to use, that's obviously up to you. Yellow Dog is 
> one of the more well known PowerPC distros, though i haven't really 
> used it. At one time i had Mandrake (now Mandriva?) running on a G3 
> Powerbook. Now i use Debian if i want Linux on PowerPC. Ubuntu also 
> has a PowerPC release.
> At 09:23 PM 6/16/2005 -0500, you wrote:
> >I have an old Mac computer OS 9 sitting around and I'm thinking of
> >putting Linux on there.  What do you all recommend?  Do any of you 
> have
> >experience working with this kind of setup and have any pointers I
> >could benefit from?  I probably won't do it until late summer with my
> >schedule as it is, but just gathering information.  It does have an
> >external SCSI drive and the Zip Drive as well.
> >
> >Also, I wondered if you had any solid Quickbook replacements that 
> would
> >
> >run on Linux.  I have heard of like GNUCash or something like that, 
> but
> >
> >last I had heard there were no "mature" platforms that were really
> >ready for use.  Any feedback on that?
> >
> >Thanks in advance,
> >
> >Stuart Thiessen
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