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Re: Fedora PPC for oldworld Mac?



On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 7:18 AM, David Woodhouse <dwmw2 infradead org> wrote:
On Wed, 2009-10-28 at 22:25 -0400, Tony Nelson wrote:
> On 09-10-28 18:24:49, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 06:17:31PM -0400, Tony Nelson wrote:
> > >Sorry to bug developers, but I didn't get any bites from PPC
> > >users on fedora-list.
> > >
> > >Does Fedora PPC work or install on oldworld PCI Macs, such as
> > >a beige G3 desktop?  My impression is that no one has tried it
> > >on an oldworld
> >
> >
> > No, it doesn't.  The ppc specific release notes cover that here:
> >
> > http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f11/en-US/
> > index.html#sect-Release_Notes-Hardware_Requirements
>
> I'd looked at the release notes.  They says "Minimum CPU: PowerPC
> G3..." and "Although Old World machines should work, they require a
> special bootloader which is not included in the Fedora distribution."
> My question is whether anyone has tried it in any recent Fedora
> release and knows whether "should" means "do" or "don't".
>
> (FWIW, the special bootloader is BootX, and Debian Lenny is installing
> now, so /some/ form of Linux works.  I just don't know anything but
> hearsay about Debian.  I see it uses "apt".)

I don't know of anyone who's tried it recently, but in the past we've
fixed things in the kernel to make it work properly on OldWorld Macs and
it _has_ been known to work fine.

It _ought_ to work if you sort out the bootloader.

--
dwmw2


If Mac OS isn't bootable, then you need to use quik ( http://penguinppc.org/bootloaders/quik/ ) instead of BootX. 

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