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    Linux on ppc information.
    Hello I have 20" G5 iMac I want to use Linux on along side of OS X. I got Ubuntu to install using defaults but Debian and Slackintosh are giving some trouble and documentation is scarce. For sure I need to know about partition schemes, I am having trouble figuring out where /boot needs to be. I would also like feedback on which distro's work the best.

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    for partitions i would back up your osx install with super duper or CC cloner and then erase the hd and set up 2 partitions. one for osx one for linux. Make the linux partiontion ufs or FAT.

    Next clone osx back onto the osx partition.

    now you are ready to install linux. put in the ubuntu (or whatever release you choose) and boot off of it and let the installer build the necessary boot partitions etc.. on the partition that you made for linux. This will install a boot loader and all that good stuff for you.

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    One other suggestion would be to use Linux within OS X. Fink and Darwin Ported many Linux software to run on OS X platform. In this way you don't need to partition your HD. You can execute Linux commands within OS X. In fact you can even have your favourite Desktop GUI (KDE, Gnome, etc,.).

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    Where can I find some more info on running gnome with fink?

    Also, I keep getting an error from Debian Etch saying the kernel can't be installed. Does anybody know anything about it? I'm not sitting in front of it right now but I can post the log later if that helps.

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    are you sure you have the correct version of debian?

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    yup, it boots up, runs the installer all the way up to installing the kernel and then dies with an error. I am booting with the G5 kernel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakeroberts View Post
    Where can I find some more info on running gnome with fink?
    Try here:
    http://homepage.mac.com/sao1/fink/index.html
    http://fink.sourceforge.net/
    http://darwinports.opendarwin.org/
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    have you looked at any of the debian for ppc guides? It seems the 2.6 kernel should work no problem with a imac g5. If you get this to work please let us know what you had to do.


    http://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/inst/pmac
    http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/powerpc/

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    it boots up and the installer runs fine until it tries to install a kernel and then it crashes.

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