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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004 12:18 pm    Post subject: gentoo on iMac G5 Reply with quote

I am dying to switch to Mac. Since i do not use windows anymore i finally can. Althoug i am currious of OSX pather, i want to be able to run Gentoo without problems too (as a primary OS even).
Is a dual boot possible? (sorry if this is a dumb question, i do not know anything about mac).
Also the most important thing: how well will Gentoo run on the new iMac G5?
I read something about:

- SATA works fine with SCSI support,
- airport extreme does not work and will never work,
- Graphics are only 2d nonaccelerated (it will not get better than this ever),
- termal contol does work,
- power management does not work at all,
- Sound does not work at all,
- firewire and USB2 do work.

Is all this correct? if so, is there any chance that sound and graphics will be working anytime soon? I really want to switch to mac, but not if linux (read: Gentoo) will not run like a charm.

Hope anybody can enlighten me on the subject.

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: gentoo on iMac G5 Reply with quote

daandaan wrote:

Is a dual boot possible? (sorry if this is a dumb question, i do not know anything about mac).


Yes.

You might also be interested in Mac-on-Linux (Mol) and the soon to be developed Mac-on-Mac (Mom). These allow one OS to be runned inside the other in user mode.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got my iMac G5 two days ago, i could not boot using LiveCD 2004.3
it's a known bug: https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=68970
It seems that latest Jocelyn Mayer's and benh's kernel patches should solve the problem, but tgall didn't include those yet in gentoo's liveCD... I hope he'll do that soon.
Anyway in that bugreport is an interesting "Status" of linux on iMac G5.... try to read it....

P.S. i don't think thermal control will work quite right, so your iMac should get quite noisy because fans will run at maximum speed all the time....

As soon as i get it installed i'll post here what works and what doesn't for me
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks so far. I'll make sure to keep checking here.
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