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Drysh
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:04 pm    Post subject: Gentoo Linux on a iMac G3 from a x86 Reply with quote

I got an old iMac (350 Mhz, 6GB HD, 128 MB RAM (I think), color: blueberry)... I cannot boot using what's instaled on its HD (OS 8 or 9), and the CD isn't working. I want to make it a linux terminal, connected to my x86 server. So...

What should I do to install gentoo? Is there a way to format the HD from my x86 (mac-fdisk???) and install gentoo from the X86? Can I install at least something to boot it and connect it to my network to proceed with a gentoo install?

BTW: This is the first time I'm "playing" with a PPC.

- How do you access the BIOS? Is there something like that for iMacs?

- What should I install with only 6GB of HD? I intend to use Xorg, Firefox and OpenOffice (at least)... Is it possible? Maybe I could set the Imac only to generate the screens while the server does the hard work.

Any help is welcomed! Cheers!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Gentoo Linux on a iMac G3 from a x86 Reply with quote

Drysh wrote:
What should I do to install gentoo? Is there a way to format the HD from my x86 (mac-fdisk???) and install gentoo from the X86?
Using mac-fdisk on x86 should be possible, but installing from x86 isn't. You can't run ppc binaries on an x86 cpu.

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Can I install at least something to boot it and connect it to my network to proceed with a gentoo install?

A gentoo minimal cd for the ppc architecture should work. If the latest 2006.0 version doesn't you could try the 2005.1 version that can be found under historical releases.

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- How do you access the BIOS? Is there something like that for iMacs?

iMacs have Open Firmware. You can access that by holding down the apple+option+O+F keys right after turning on the machine

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- What should I install with only 6GB of HD? I intend to use Xorg, Firefox and OpenOffice (at least)... Is it possible? Maybe I could set the Imac only to generate the screens while the server does the hard work.

I've installed Gentoo with xorg, firefox, gnome, kde and openoffice on a 6GB disk, so it is possible. Just keep an eye on directories like /usr/portage/distfiles, /usr/src, /tmp and /var/tmp/portage. You may want to clean those up now and then.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have almost same problem.
read this
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-2592285-highlight-.html#2592285
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