Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) on iMac G3 (PowerPC)

Guide updated 07/17/2012 : some mistakes corrected!

Netinstall and a lightweight desktop

I recently got an old iMac G3 and felt the need to replace the crappy existing MacOS 9 system with my favorite system : Linux of course!

After a mandatory RAM upgrade (from stock 64M to 512M), I found that the CD drive is extremely picky/worn-out and wouldn’t boot any burned install CDs…

But that’s not enough to stop me, since those iMac models support booting from the network.

I first tried to netboot Debian Squeeze on it, but there were some issues (yaboot started but couldn’t load the kernel).

After some research, it appears that Ubuntu has an updated netinstall iso which just works!

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HP DM1 3130 and some Linux distributions

(Sorry this is a messy post!)


Update 01/08/2012

Wake On Lan seems to be active by default, and no option in the BIOS to disable it.

This will cause your battery to discharge when the computer if off…

Solution : disable Wake On Lan

Edit your distro’s rc.local and put this line in it :

ethtool -s eth0 wol d


Update 08/16/2011 for french readers : Article en français de Carmelo sur le paramétrage d’Ubuntu sur ce netbook : http://c.ingrao.free.fr/blog/?p=450 )

I recently purchased an HP DM1 3130 netbook (AMD Zacate E-350 based) and quickly felt the need to install Linux on it.  (before that I did backup the whole hard disk containing the pre-installed windows 7 and stuff. For this task, I used a Clonezilla Live USB drive to save the whole disk to a Samba share – 32Gb free storage needed!)

Update 22/07/2011 : when using Clonezilla for restoring a disk image, you might encounter problems with GRUB not being properly rebuilt.  I have noticed such problems using the standard Debian-based Clonezilla Live, but found that the “alternate” (Ubuntu-based) version solved the problem!

First, I chose to install Mageia 1 Linux 64 bits, the KDE edition  (Note: the AMD Zacate platform is supported since Linux kernel 2.6.38).

As I don’t have an external DVD drive, I installed Mageia using a PXE boot environment. You’ll need to use the network boot iso, right here.

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