[CentOS] [OT] linux on a PPC (mac mini)

Tue Sep 15 16:49:54 UTC 2015
Mike - st257 <silvertip257 at gmail.com>

On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 4:29 AM, wwp <subscript at free.fr> wrote:

> Hello there,
> complete off-topic, sorry about this, but my former idea was to install
> a CentOS on an old mac mini (PPC!). Disappointed to see that PowerPC is
> not a supported architecture and that non ARM or Intel architecture are
> not managed by recent distros.. :-(.

Yeah, PPC - your options are limited.


A number of years back I saved an XServe G4 from the trash and kept it
until the fans drove me crazy! ;-)
I used Finnix [http://www.finnix.org/] as a LiveCD/rescue environment.  I
believe I installed Debian on it at the time and can't recall any problems
with bootloader installation.

For me PPC wasn't worth the hassle (or the XServe noise!).

> Searching the web, I see very few possibilities to install a recent (I
> need gnome2) GNU/Linux distro on such hardware. I gave Linux MintPPC 11
> (http://www.mintppc.org/content/list-macs) a try, but the netinstall
> iso simply fails in installing a boot loader that conserves the
> original OS/X partition even after many tries and workarounds.
> Any hint or experience would be welcome?

Might try Debian (even the netinstall as well) just to see if it will
install successfully?

> Regards,
> --
> wwp
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