[TriLUG] Debian on PowerMac G4

Tanner Lovelace clubjuggler at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 14:16:33 EST 2009


It was Onyx and no, why would you curse him with that? :-)

P.S. For those who don't get the in-joke, Onyx was the in-house linux
distribution that Mike Johnson & I created when we worked at Oculan
with Weave & Greg.  It was designed to run off a 128MB flash drive and
as much as possible resemble Red Hat 7.0

On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM, Matt Pusateri
<mpusateri at wickedtrails.com> wrote:
> Weave,
> You should run Onynx, :)
> Peace,
> Matt P.
> On Feb 22, 2009, at 5:02 PM, Brian Weaver wrote:
>> It seems that hardware failures are sort of forcing me to pull out
>> some old hardware that I've never tried to install Linux onto. I have
>> an old 686 box that's been running well for a long time with Debian
>> Etch, and other versions before Etch. However in the last few months
>> I've experience 3 hard drive failures on the solo software RAID that I
>> use for the main user data storage. I'm lazy and don't tend to do
>> backup but about once per month on average so the RAID has saved my
>> bacon quite a few times already. I don't know why the system has been
>> eating drives up recently; one drive was brand new and only lasted 2
>> months.
>> Even though I have the system hooked up to a UPS, I'm thinking it
>> might be a power supply problem. I guess I could just be having a run
>> of really bad luck; I wish I could get frequent flyer miles for
>> Murphy's trips to my house. Because the hardware is fairly ancient and
>> I'm beginning to have my doubts about the hardware I thought I would
>> "upgrade" to the last remaining spare piece of hardware in my house, a
>> PowerMac G4. I'm hoping this will be a short term migration until I
>> can figure out what new hardware I should get as a replacement.
>> However given the current economic times it may become a long term
>> replacement despite my best intentions.
>> Has anyone had any luck installing Debian on a G4 or similar hardware?
>> I'd like to know what type of pitfalls I'm likely to run into so I can
>> get the new system up and running as quickly as possible. I guess I'm
>> going with Debian to ease the migration from the existing server, it
>> helps that I'm really familiar with the management since that's what
>> the old server runs. Also, I use a ubuntu desktop on my work laptop
>> which is almost the same to administer.
>> Thanks
>> -- Weave
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Tanner Lovelace
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