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Old 08-23-2013, 5:39 PM
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Default What alternate OS for PowerBook g4?

So I found a free, perfectly working PowerBook G4, 512mb system ram, 1.4 ghz power pc. I've been looking around, looks like you can load some kind of Linux in it , which would be the best?
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Old 08-23-2013, 6:20 PM
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Puppy Linux, and you maybe able to par down Gentoo to run on it....
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Old 08-23-2013, 6:29 PM
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Ubuntu 12.04 for PowerPC - probably your best choice depending on your skill set
Debian for PowerPC
YellowDog for PowerPC - based off the redhat distro

Solaris 2.5.1 if you want to go hard core.




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So I found a free, perfectly working PowerBook G4, 512mb system ram, 1.4 ghz power pc. I've been looking around, looks like you can load some kind of Linux in it , which would be the best?
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Old 08-24-2013, 5:11 PM
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Is it that you dont want to run the mac os, or that you don't have the disks?
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Old 08-26-2013, 4:07 AM
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Slackintosh, but you would probably have to know Slackware pretty well.
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Old 08-26-2013, 5:21 AM
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Ubuntu is very newbie friendly.
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Old 08-26-2013, 7:02 AM
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Is it that you dont want to run the mac os, or that you don't have the disks?
The last version of OS X to support Power PC was 10.5.x. Apple doesn't really announce EOL, but I don't think they've issued a security update for 10.5.x since 2012. I don't there's any inherent OS vulnerabilities in 10.5 that are known, but it's probably safer to run Linux so you can just recompile your own kernel as patches are issued.
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Old 08-26-2013, 3:32 PM
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Apple released a "secret" update that disabled Java 6 on PPC and Java 7 won't run on them. 10.5 was a horrible OS anyway.
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OpenBSD.
FreeBSD if you don't care about security.
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