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#31 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 22:21

Are you sure the yaboot configuration is correct? That's odd




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Posted 01 March 2014 - 23:19

Are you sure the yaboot configuration is correct? That's odd

do you know the correct configuration?

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 00:36

do you know the correct configuration?

I don't, I've never done it, but it seems odd that it is trying to execute the kernel boot options as if they were binaries/files that's what leads me to suspect something is wrong with the configuration.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:32

Well i gave up... Debian or even Lubuntu on the PowerMac G4 MDD with Nvidia Geforce TI 4600 is really a pain in the butt... This is not for noobs... It's has been impossible to install so far.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 00:06

You may try this detailed install guide: http://www.debian.or...stable/powerpc/

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 00:30

You may try this detailed install guide: http://www.debian.or...stable/powerpc/

I tried all kind of guides, the problem I have is that I have Nvidia and there is not way to boot on the most basic mode to logon and configure because the openfirmware is a pain in the ass. I think that's why not one care about Linux on the PowerPC. Because it's not easy to install.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 00:33

^ Well PowerPC is a dead architecture these days



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:09

^ Well PowerPC is a dead architecture these days

That's true but a dual 1.42ghz plus 2GB of ram plus updated OS with Linux or even FreeBSD is a beast machine... the architecture is dead but they still powerful enough to last few more years. It's a shame that still a great machine can't have an easy transition to alternative OS.



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:29

That's true but a dual 1.42ghz plus 2GB of ram plus updated OS with Linux or even FreeBSD is a beast machine... the architecture is dead but they still powerful enough to last few more years. It's a shame that still a great machine can't have an easy transition to alternative OS.

I won't disagree there. What about netBSD?



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:41

I won't disagree there. What about netBSD?

I was looking into FreeBSD... saw a video in how to install a desktop GUI into it.

 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:35

I have the same problem.

 

I installed Debian 7.5.0 Jessie but booted up to a black(blank) screen except with cursor. When I pressed ctrl-alt-f1   , got the login prompt, logged in, then typed startx. I got a lower resolution desktop of Debian. I was so excited especially after I did modified the file with 'blacklist nouveau' like the other guide said.

 

I followed the other guides to the 't' but still get a blank screen.

 

I installed Fedora 12 for powerpc successfully. The only thing was no updated firefox browser for ppc in fedora 12. For what it's worth, fedora 12 works quite well minus an updated browser. I installed midori as another browser and that works too.  I had trouble installing vlc. The respository for fedora 12 ppc seems limited. Perhaps I should learn to compile all the programs from source?

 

Still trying to find a good gnu/linux solution for the powerbook G4.  (I don't have to use any ubuntu derivatives since I think they most come with non-free software and spyware to my knowledge).