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    Linux on iMac G3?
    Okay, so here's the deal. As most of the regulars know around here by now I bought an iMac G3 Blueberry slot load. And it came with OS 9.2 installed on it. Now I'm trying to sell this computer but so far no luck. The computer's OS just really seems too old to do Modern anything! So I searched google.. and I found that Linux is download-able for free? Also there's a PowerPC Mac version? I'm kinda clueless here. But I would like to install Linux, and keep Mac OS on there too... Can this be done? I know of people having Windows and OS X on their Macs... But I've never seen Linux and OS 9 on am iMac G3 Before. Help?

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    I have an old Grape Tray Load 333Mhz G3 iMac. I ran a linux distro on it off a CD just to mess with it. Worked great. It's been so long now I can't remember the name and version of the distro but I swear it was an old Power PC version of Ubuntu.

    I will see what I can find and get back to you. This was a Live CD. That way you ran it off the CD and if you liked it, you installed. Everything worked on the iMac also. I did an Mac Forums IRC session with it in fact!

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    Were's Vansmith...Mr. Linux???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    I have an old Grape Tray Load 333Mhz G3 iMac. I ran a linux distro on it off a CD just to mess with it. Worked great. It's been so long now I can't remember the name and version of the distro but I swear it was an old Power PC version of Ubuntu.

    I will see what I can find and get back to you. This was a Live CD. That way you ran it off the CD and if you liked it, you installed. Everything worked on the iMac also. I did an Mac Forums IRC session with it in fact!
    Well it's good to know that's it's possible at least! Now I just have to find a download-able version. And figure out how to get it installed!

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    Linux on iMac G3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    Okay, so here's the deal. As most of the regulars know around here by now I bought an iMac G3 Blueberry slot load. And it came with OS 9.2 installed on it. Now I'm trying to sell this computer but so far no luck.
    That's because you're trying to sell an iMac G3 that's close to 10 years old. It's not the OS version that's on it...it's the age..and the fact that it's only worth $10-$20 bucks (to most knowledgeable people). I'm not knocking the computer or it's age, or the OS on it...it's just an old computer...and thus hard to sell.

    As far as the Linux question. Are you going to keep this computer if you put Linux on it...or are you still selling it?

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    Linux on iMac G3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    That's because you're trying to sell an iMac G3 that's close to 10 years old. It's not the OS version that's on it...it's the age..and the fact that it's only worth $10-$20 bucks (to most knowledgeable people). I'm not knocking the computer or it's age, or the OS on it...it's just an old computer...and thus hard to sell.

    As far as the Linux question. Are you going to keep this computer if you put Linux on it...or are you still selling it?

    - Nick
    Depends. I might keep it, but probably not. It depends on how well linux runs, or if I like Linux. (Never, ever used it before) I'm just looking to get a semi modern OS on there. Then it can be used for light web browsing and stuff. Plus OS 9 + Linux seems pretty Cool. OS 9 can be used for nostalgia applications, and games, while Linux would run all of the modern applications.

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    Linux on iMac G3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    Depends. I might keep it, but probably not. It depends on how well linux runs, or if I like Linux. (Never, ever used it before) I'm just looking to get a semi modern OS on there. Then it can be used for light web browsing and stuff. Plus OS 9 + Linux seems pretty Cool. OS 9 can be used for nostalgia applications, and games, while Linux would run all of the modern applications.
    You need to get yourself some OS X install disks. 10.3 probably the best choice...but 10.4 is doable as well (I run 10.4 on my G3 iMacs). Sure 10.4 is expensive...that's why 10.3 is a better choice (cost & performance).

    Once you have the hardware...having the proper software is what really makes or breaks the computing experience. In fact sometimes having the proper software is more important. Kind of like having an automobile...but no gasoline!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    You need to get yourself some OS X install disks. 10.3 probably the best choice...but 10.4 is doable as well (I run 10.4 on my G3 iMacs). Sure 10.4 is expensive...that's why 10.3 is a better choice (cost & performance).

    Once you have the hardware...having the proper software is what really makes or breaks the computing experience. In fact sometimes having the proper software is more important. Kind of like having an automobile...but no gasoline!

    - Nick
    And I'd get install disks where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    And I'd get install disks where?
    HELLO...e-Bay.

    Or if you're lucky Craig's List.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    HELLO...e-Bay.

    Or if you're lucky Craig's List.

    - Nick
    Ebay? I've looked at it, but to be honest I don't have the slightest idea how it works.... You need PayPal or a Credit card or something don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    .... You need PayPal or a Credit card or something don't you?
    Not necessarily. It helps to have a Paypal account...but some sellers will accept payment with money orders, checks, etc....but then:

    - the transaction takes a lot longer
    - the seller won't ship until your check clears
    - and there's always the risk that you send payment to a seller, and they don't ship you anything

    Sounds like you need to learn a lot more about e-Bay. For someone who says they want to buy/sell used computers...not knowing about how e-Bay works or not having an e-Bay account...is a BIG disadvantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Not necessarily. It helps to have a Paypal account...but some sellers will accept payment with money orders, checks, etc....but then:

    - the transaction takes a lot longer
    - the seller won't ship until your check clears
    - and there's always the risk that you send payment to a seller, and they don't ship you anything

    Sounds like you need to learn a lot more about e-Bay. For someone who says they want to buy/sell used computers...not knowing about how e-Bay works or not having an e-Bay account...is a BIG disadvantage.

    - Nick
    So does not having a car, not being able to sell anything, Not having an ebay account.... -_- I'm gonna go strap it to my bicycle and go door-to-door asking people if they wanna buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    So does not having a car, not being able to sell anything, Not having an ebay account.... -_- I'm gonna go strap it to my bicycle and go door-to-door asking people if they wanna buy it.
    "A man's got to know his limitations."

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    Yup. Anyway back on topic does anybody know if I can install Linux on here? Hmmm?

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    You can get that machine all messed up if you install Linux...so be carefully. You have to create a partition for Linux that Linux must format. If you remove the Mac OS you lose the firmware and putting it back is an issue. You have to use a PPC version of Linux not a windows one. We have not told you yet about installing OSX as the firmware must be updated to boot rom 4.19 before you can install OSX. If you want Classic you have to start with OS9.2.2. do the firmware update then install OSX up to 10.3.

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