[Cialug] Old Mac PowerPC

Stuart Thiessen sthiessen at passitonservices.org
Fri Jun 17 11:19:08 CDT 2005

Actually, I'm in another state in summer school right now, so I will 
have to wait on that step until later.  I was just inquiring as I 
watched discussions of various distributions. When I get back to my 
home, I will check About This Mac and see what it says and see what 
suggestions you have specifically.


On Jun 17, 2005, at 9:19, Bryan Baker wrote:

> Can you tell us what model it is, that should clear it up.
> Choose "About this Mac..." from the apple menu and it should at least 
> give you model/ram
> On Jun 17, 2005, at 7:24 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Stuart
>> 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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