Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu PPC
The full list of releases is here: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/
Xubuntu is a lighter version of Ubuntu, based on the XFCE desktop instead of Gnome.
You may want to run it instead of Ubuntu on a G4 or slower processor. If you do this, be sure to read the Known Issues section below.
Get Xubuntu here: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/ports/releases/
Other types of installers (e.g. netboot): http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/natty/main/installer-powerpc/current/images/powerpc/
Jaunty BETA downloads (please help!)
These are test releases, if you can help us test then please try them out. We have a small window in which to get fatal problems sorted out before the ISO is set in stone!
The official Ubuntu PowerPC FAQ is here, but this is out of date. A good howto on installing Xubuntu/BootX on OldWorld Macs is available here. This Xubuntu (7.04) tutorial also works for other Linux variants on OldWorld Macs. We'd like to put together comprehensive information right here.
Low-Memory or "DIY" systems
You can put together a system designed for extremely low memory, or perhaps you want to build up Ubuntu
piece-by-piece, using only what you need. Initially targeted at non-ppc users, the docs are good enough
for ppc as well. If this is your first time doing DIY, grab a pencil and paper.
The Ubuntu Apple forum is here: http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=328
This forum is very active and full of great information, but it includes information for both PowerPC and Intel users.
Version 11.04: Natty Narwhal
Version 8.10: Intrepid Ibex:
- Ubuntu 8.10 installer fails to detect CD-ROM
- Xubuntu Thunar file manager just exits
- Xubuntu desktop icons disappear
- SDL on Radeon
Version 8.04: Hardy Heron:
ofpathfails to detect the correct openfirmware path in some PowerMac g5
- Boot from CDROM hangs on PowerMac G4 if external (USB DVD) drive connected