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Re: Fedora PPC for oldworld Mac?



On 09-10-29 08:18:30, David Woodhouse 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.

I received a reply off-list from someone who did sucessfully install 
F11 on an oldworld Mac.


> It _ought_ to work if you sort out the bootloader.

I was able to get a Debian Lenny install working (after sorting out the 
bootloader :-), so I am encouraged.

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