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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:29 pm    Post subject: PowerPC 5500? Reply with quote

Can gentoo be installed on an old Mac PowerPC 5500? I think the architecture is PPC, although I'm not sure; it's definitely not G3 or higher. Has anyone tried this?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Specs

I'm sure it's possible.
It has a PPC-603e processor, but only 50MHz. It also came stock with 32MB ram, and is only expandable to 128MB. It uses 2MB of system ram for the video, so I doubt X will be spectacular(if it will even run on it). Also if it has the original hdd it is only a 2GB ATA, so you'll have space issues with a Gentoo install. You'll have to use BootX to boot Linux, but it's an easy setup. If it has a decent amount of ram, and a 4-6GB hdd I say give it a go. It would make a good DHCP, or DNS server or even a file server on a 10Mbps network.

I have several 6100/66s running linux. I did it for fun, but they're not really useable as a desktop machine
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that my disk is only 1.5 GB, so that would be pretty tight. I do have gentoo installed on machines with smaller drives, but it's not too pretty :) It's good to know that it can be done, anyhow. I'll probably just stick to OS8 for now, since it's really small and makes the computer feel really fast :)
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