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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Powermac 8600 / 300 PPC 32 Reply with quote

I wanted to start this new topic for Powermac 8600 users. When I started to install Gentoo Linux on my PPC 8600/300 two months ago, I couldn't find any installation topics related to the Powermac 8600. It is my hope other 8600 users may find my info useful.

First of all, I have the 2005.0 PPC32 release installed in my computer. I'm using BootX. I'm presently compiling my own kernels and I've managed to optimize my kernels pretty well. I'm able to mount my Barracuda scsi drives and Apple cdroms. video works fine. I just finished compiling KDE desktop and it appears to be working well. I'm browsing the Internet with Linux!!!! Yeaaaaaa.


Anyways, if any Powermac 8600 users have any questions......Please post them here and I'll try to help you.





PSsssss. I'll try the new 2006 release in a few days!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update!

I left my 2005.0 setup with KDE and upgraded to 2006.0.

FYI to other 8600 users, I couldn't get the 2006.0 Universal CD to boot. I tried everything I could think of to boot the CD BUT NO LUCK. It was just easier for me to install all the 2006.0 files with my 2005.0 kernel. Then compile a new 2006.0 kernel with my 2005.0 kernel. Chroot to the new 2006.0 enviroment, change root password and then boot up with Bootx with the new 2006.0 kernel. I'm sure there's a better way of doing this, but this is what worked for me.
I've managed to compile a good kernel that's working with KDE and my ethernet network. My ethernet network is comprised of a Linksys DSL Router/Hub with four ethernet ports. So far so good!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*****Questions for JoseJX *****

Hi JoseJX,

When I tried to emerge KDE in my 2005.0 setup, KDE was masked and I couldn't unmask it. When I finally got my dhcp working, I was able to connect to the internet. I did the KDE emerge again and it downloaded all the files from the internet. The compile time for KDE took 1.5 days. The compile took a long time but it worked very well.
So here I am in my new 2006.0 enviroment with my ethernet working well. Stage 3, Snapshot and Distfiles installed(including kde) on my computer. I "emerge kdebase" and again KDE is downloaded off the internet. The compile time for KDE this time took about 27 hours. Everything seems to be working fine. (I'll certainly do more fine tuning in the coming weeks.)

My questions are 1) I'm I emerging KDE correctly? 2) How can I shorten the compile(emerge) time on KDE?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you explain the problem you had with the 2006.0 InstallCD? It boots fine on my 8500/180.

As for KDE, it's a *really* big C++ program. Unfortunately, there really isn't much you can do on your computer to speed things up. If you have other faster computers, you could setup distcc to spread out the compile.

As for installing kdebase, it's really up to you as to which method you'd like to use. Using the meta ebuilds is probably better on a slower machine just because you won't have to rebuild everything if there's a problem. On the other hand, the meta ebuilds do take longer to build because the unpack phase and configure phases are repeated for every package. Either way, 27 hours isn't that bad for a 8600.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply JoseJX.

I guess I'm emerging kde correctly and I just have to put up with the long compile time! But that's OK, I like KDE.

(Also, I'll let you know later the boot problems I had with the 2006.0 Universal CD.)

Thanks......
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OldWorld PowerMacs like your 8600 generally can't boot an OS other than MacOS, which is why you're having trouble with the 2006.0 CD. Fortunately, you don't need it. All you had to do to upgrade from 2005.0 to 2006.0 was change the /etc/make.profile symlink to point to the new profile:

Code:
# rm /etc/make.profile
# ln -s /usr/portage/profiles/default-linux/ppc/ppc32/2006.0/ /etc/make.profile


Then run your usual emerge -u world.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Hawaiian717,
I'll try that. I'll let you know how it turns out!
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