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    installing linux on a G3 imac
    Hi, I am some what of a computer noob, i have yellowdog on my PS3 though (that was easy). Anyway, I recently picked up a old g3 imac from my college, it doesnt boot up so i am guessing there is no OS on it. I was think linux would be a good what to go as it is free. I have no idea what linux it can run or how to go about installing it, any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    thanks

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    I believe you're referring to a "Power Mac G3" as there is no such machine as an iMac G3.

    In any event, I don't believe there is a version of Linux which will run on that machine as it has a Power PC 750 processor. Linux runs on i386 machines.

    I'm not 100% certain of that and suggest you go to one of the many Linux forums and ask. A good one would be the very popular Ubuntu Linux Users forum. Here's the Link: Ubuntu Forums

    Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I believe you're referring to a "Power Mac G3" as there is no such machine as an iMac G3.
    Sure there is, I've had 2 of them, tray loading 333 mhz iMacs.
    Yellow Dog will run just fine on it, if you can find an older version.
    I had version 2.0 running on mine with 512 mb memory.
    Check the specs on Yellow Dog to see what the newest version will run.
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    Hey, thanks for the info.

    Mea Culpa. I did find an iMac G3 (Summer of 2001 according to Mactracker) However, I could not find a version of Yellow Dog Linux that would run on the G3:

    Link

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    I think the latest for PPC was Yellowdog 5, and Ubuntu definitely had a version, but the most up to date Linux for PPC is OpenSUSE 11.1 - see their download page Software.openSUSE.org

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    Thanks Hugh. Noted and bookmarked.

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    thanks people, would the mac boot from a disc? i dont know how to go about an install

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakeyjake View Post
    thanks people, would the mac boot from a disc? i dont know how to go about an install

    thanks
    Yup, it will boot (hold the C key down as normal).
    I tried an older version of SuSE on an iBook G3 a while ago and installed it to an external disk. It installed fine but that would not boot 'cos I forgot to take into account the iBook won't boot to a USB disk. I didn't have a firewire to spare at the time so stopped experimenting.

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