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jax1
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 10:23 am    Post subject: No MacOS on a Powerbook Reply with quote

Hey ppl,

I just installed gentoo on my Powerbook G4, and things seem to work very well - a lot better than I expected. I'm new to Apples, and after tinkering for a while with Mac OS X, I have come to realize that its not an OS I want to stick with. I'd much rather run Linux!

My question is:

Is there any reason for why I need to keep Mac OS X on the Computer at all? I know that the computers "nvram" gets patched/updated through Apples updates to Mac OS. I guess I can live without getting those updates - but can anyone see any good reasons for why I should keep Mac OS on the system at all? I'd rather let my Linux get all the diskspace... I dont see any reason (from a pure "usage standpoint") for why I would ever boot Mac OS.

I've noticed that mac-fdisk gives me:

Code:


/dev/hda1     Apple_partition_map Apple                     63 @ 1         ( 31.5k)                       Partition map
/dev/hda2          Apple_Driver43 Macintosh                 56 @ 64        ( 28.0k)                       Driver 4.3
/dev/hda3          Apple_Driver43 Macintosh                 56 @ 120       ( 28.0k)                       Driver 4.3
/dev/hda4        Apple_Driver_ATA Macintosh                 56 @ 176       ( 28.0k)                       Unknown
/dev/hda5        Apple_Driver_ATA Macintosh                 56 @ 232       ( 28.0k)                       Unknown
/dev/hda6          Apple_FWDriver Macintosh                512 @ 288       (256.0k)                       Unknown
/dev/hda7      Apple_Driver_IOKit Macintosh                512 @ 800       (256.0k)                       Unknown
/dev/hda8           Apple_Patches Patch Partition          512 @ 1312      (256.0k)                       Unknown



...which seems to be partitions mac-fdisk wont let me remove. I assume these are all used by Mac OS in some way. (what are those anyway?)

So Im thinking I'll remove that giant HFS partition which Mac OS X sits on and let Linux have the whole enchilada. 8)

Any thoughts or comments?

/jax.
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tbfr
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Joined: 03 Jan 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only time I needed OS X was when I bought an Airport card and needed to update the firmware. Having a Mac with OS X at work I just booted from this one via Firewire and installed the updater. Gentoo on PPC is really great, so probably you won't need OS X any more.

Here are some explanations to the different partition types:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2003/debian-powerpc-200310/msg00373.html

Cheers,

Tobi
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jaspal kallar
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Joined: 25 Feb 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my dual powermac g5 when I did mac-fdisk -l /dev/sda I didn't see any Driver like partitions.
eg:
Code:

dev/hda2          Apple_Driver43 Macintosh                 56 @ 64        ( 28.0k)                       Driver 4.3
/dev/hda3          Apple_Driver43 Macintosh                 56 @ 120       ( 28.0k)                       Driver 4.3


Is this a fault in the OSX installtion?
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xeverian
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:22 pm    Post subject: strange small partitions Reply with quote

These partitions refer to disk drivers to be used with Mac Os 9 (independently, not Classic).

When you use the Disk Utility in MacOSX you can specify wether to use them or not.
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