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northfuse
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 5:33 am    Post subject: PowerPC 8100/80 and Gentoo? Reply with quote

i just got a hold of an old PowerPC 8100/80 Mac. I'm wondering if its possible to install gentoo on it, and if so, how i can get it to boot the cd???? I don't even know if its worth keeping or if i should just throw it away. I thought that it might be fun to mess around with linux/gentoo on a different arch :)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm not mistaken (and I well may be - don't take this as absolutely authoritative), the NuBus PowerMacs (6100, 7100, and 8100, along with a smattering of others offered mostly to the education market), are not compatible with Linux. The first PowerMacs to be Linux compatible are the X200 (7200, 8200, etc.) series, where the PCI bus was introduced to replace NuBus.

UPDATE: a quick Google search came up with the following Sourceforge project, which makes a Linux kernel compatible with the NuBus PowerMacs. I don't see any problems running that kernel with Gentoo, although it may take a bit of tinkering to get it initially installed...
http://nubus-pmac.sourceforge.net/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good old Powermac, brings back a little bit of nostalgia. Was my second mac computer at that time.

You might want to take a look at [link=http://www.mklinux.org]mklinux[link]. This distro runs a linux kernel that is based a a mach microkernel, simular to the hurd kernel.

It support alot of the older macs based on the PowerPC 603 and above. That means your 8100 should work.

Good luck in your endevour,
Felipe
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've installed Linux on a 6100 with a G3-300 upgrade and maxxed out on ram(70 something MB). It now has a G3-500. You have to download ab mk-linux kernel to boot from, and seperately download an mk-linux kernel to compile your own. The machine runs fine, and the user is happy.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks-
I'm going to give those a try once i get a network adapter for it
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