Which linux can i put on a ibook g3

Dell / Dimension 4600c
March 31, 2011 at 20:22:15
Specs: Linux, 800 MHz / 256MB
i have just bought a ibook g3 with a 800 mhz cpu 256mb ram and a 30 gb hard drive but the hard drive is blank and dont feel like getting Mac os x on it so i tired putting ubuntu 10.10 on it and it failed so is there another Linux i can put on this laptop that will work with a power pc

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#1
March 31, 2011 at 23:44:08
10.10 should work on a G3 with 256MB (although that is the minimum RAM requirement). Are you sure that you downloaded the PPC version?

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#2
April 1, 2011 at 05:30:32
i diden download the version i just got ubuntu 10.10 cd sent to me and thought it would work ok is the ppc version on ubuntu.com

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#3
April 1, 2011 at 08:08:22
The PPC versions can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCDown...

Unless you specifically asked for a PPC version I suspect that your CD may be an x86 version. I haven't actually tried Ubuntu on a G3, but it works just fine on my G4 Mini, and it does say that it supports G3.


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#4
April 1, 2011 at 09:36:10
Even if you get Ubuntu to install, it will run like sh!t with just 256MB RAM. If you're going to continually play with old, low spec systems, stick to a distro that's designed to work with old, low spec systems. Concentrate on Puppy.

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06586


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#5
April 1, 2011 at 10:32:59
I'm not sure that an x86 distro is going to run on a PPC Mac, however little or much memory it has.

OP - try Ubuntu and see how it runs. There is also Xubuntu, but I believe the PPC versions of that are a little out of date. If you are feeling adventurous you can try Gentoo PPC which you can customize to your exact needs. But I'd start with Ubuntu. PPC Macs tend to be a bit more forgiving of low memory than PCs.


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#6
April 1, 2011 at 13:50:09
The OP has posted several times before (in both the Linux & Windows forums) & it seems he's always trying to run an OS that's beyond what his system can handle.

Did you check the link I posted? It's to Macpup, not Puppy.


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#7
April 1, 2011 at 14:06:42
I checked the link. I even downloaded it; it's an x86 distro. It's not designed for Macs (although I guess it could run on an Intel Mac) and certainly won't run on a G3. I think it's called MacPup because it has a vaguely OS X theme.

I'm not aware of the OP's previous history, but this request is a perfectly reasonable one. Ubuntu say that their PPC version will run on a G3 with 256MB, so I'd think it's worth a try at least. Let's face it, anything is going to be slow on a G3.


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#8
April 1, 2011 at 15:08:09
"Ubuntu say that their PPC version will run on a G3 with 256MB"

And Microsoft says XP will run with 128MB RAM, lol. Just meeting the minimum requirements never provides a pleasurable experience.

As for Macpup, I never tried it. I did a quick search & it popped up. I guess I should have read more about it rather than assume it was for Macs. Maybe this will help:

http://penguinppc.org/about/distrib...


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#9
April 1, 2011 at 16:09:21
mickliq yes i have old systems but i have people giving them to me then i shove whatever funs the fastest on it then turn right around and sale it thats why i only have old systems and i bought a new 1 lately its a hp pavilion dv6t i told u that so u would at least think i have some common since about things. I hate old computers and laptops but i have idiots that buy them and that pays the bills and thats all i care about

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#10
April 1, 2011 at 23:54:58
You are quite right to say that Ubuntu may run like a dog on this setup. On the other hand, it may not. You have to try to see and I have found PPCs to be more forgiving than x86s. But the great thing about Linux is that it's free, so it costs nothing to try. Only the OP can decide, with practical experience, whether the result is acceptable for his needs.

I'd encourage anyone to try things for themselves and, if that doesn't work, try something else. It's all good experience.


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#11
April 3, 2011 at 20:42:16
ok anyways I downloaded ubuntu fo ppc and it some what worked but it good enough

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#12
April 6, 2011 at 10:33:12
I know you've installed Ubuntu, but I just thought i'd say look into linux mint, I love it and by far the best linux os but thats my opinion... Ubuntu was ugly and the packages i downloaded were horrible and currupt, mainly down to human error because the packages are different on all linux os's... if you download firefox package on ubuntu, it is not the same package or version of firefox you download for linux mint or fedora for example.

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