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    Power Macintosh G4
    I have an old Power Macintosh G4 with NO operating system or official CD and I'm NOT willing to to buy the official OS (mainly because it sucks)
    is there a way to boot from a CD/USB drive?
    I already know how to make a bootable USB/CD and ive installed OS's this way many times before, I just don't have much experience with the older Mac hardware
    Just so you know I have OS's with PowerPC, I386 and X86 architectures at my disposal

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    What OS do you want to install on it (you didn't really say)?

    FYI...you mentioned having "OS's with PowerPC". This is exactly the type of OS that the Powermac G4 was designed for. Mac OS X versions 10.0 thru 10.5 were all PowerPC OS's.

    Sure you can boot the computer from a CD. This is the format that the Mac OS came in for OS's 10.0 thru 10.4.

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    Trust you are not considering downloading pirated operating systems. Well known malware lurk there.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    preferably i would like to install the PPC version of Lubuntu

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    Go to this link and download the bottom option, Mac PowerPC:-

    Lubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Ive already downloaded that how to I boot it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linux User View Post
    Ive already downloaded that how to I boot it?
    Assuming you downloaded the disc image noted in the link Harry provided above, you'll just need to use the burning tool of your choice to write it to disc.

    Pop the disc in the Mac, power it off and back on again. Immediately press and hold the 'C' key (or press and hold the alt/option key, to see the boot menu) and it should be pretty self-explanatory from there.
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    And I believe you will have to burn the image on a Mac. If you have access to another Mac, drag the image to the left hand pane of Disk utility, pop in a DVD and hit the burn button.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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