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Linux on your Apple Mac | iLinux • View topic - distro for a Power Mac 6500/250

distro for a Power Mac 6500/250

distro for a Power Mac 6500/250

Postby foxy » Sat May 01, 2010 6:11 pm

Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm looking for a distro for a Power Mac 6500/250. It can be old and with limited applications. I just need the basics.

I can check to see how much RAM my machine has if it makes a difference.

The hardware specs:
http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/p ... 0_250.html

I saw an old post on the Ubuntu website and someone said the following:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=474074
Go debian, you can learn to do the custom install to build your very own small linux.

this is the net installer, you can install a base system-> http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian-cd/...sinesscard.iso

install the base system, that means when it comes to the package selection uncheck all the packages(standard and desktop, i think)
after the reboot, there won't be a gui yet
login as root
apt-get install xorg gdm synaptic fluxbox emelfm leafpad dillo
reboot(ctrl+alt+delete)
select fluxbox from the session menu <important
login
open synaptic and get what ever else you want,
emelfm is a filemanager
leafpad is a text editor
dillo is a small web browser


The link (now dead) was to:
http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian-cd/cur ... sscard.iso

Is this still the best starting-point ISO, and if so where can I find it?
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Re: distro for a Power Mac 6500/250

Postby linuxopjemac » Sun May 02, 2010 12:28 pm

First of all, welcome to this forum!

There WAS an installer for OldWorld Macs for Ubuntu: http://oldworldpowermacs.homeip.net/. It seems to have disappeared from the net. That's very sad. I guess you have to do it yourself. Long time ago I used Mandrake 8.2 on a similar machine. First of all, you need Classic MacOS to be able to boot into Linux. It works with BootX. You have to be pretty good with Linux, to install this on such a machine, I just want to warn you ! ;) I wrote some stuff about it and I give you some links to other websites...

http://mac.linux.be/content/installatio ... based-macs
http://mac.linux.be/content/apple-oldworld-computers
http://mac.linux.be/content/ubuntu-oldworld-macs
http://ubuntu-virginia.ubuntuforums.org ... ost6173684
http://en.opensuse.org/Booting_on_Power ... ldWorld%29
http://www.debian.org/releases/3.0/powe ... eq.en.html
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Re: distro for a Power Mac 6500/250

Postby foxy » Sun May 02, 2010 9:32 pm

I don't think I will be able to accomplish that. (Thanks for the advice though.) Is there anything relatively easy that I can do with this machine?
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Re: distro for a Power Mac 6500/250

Postby linuxopjemac » Mon May 03, 2010 8:44 am

Nothing is easy on this machine, except installing MacOS. Put all the 19 bin's on floppies and install MacOS 7.5.3. read the info.txt file. The best of it all, It's free.
http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Su ... ion_7.5.3/
http://macfaq.org/software/macos.shtml
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