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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2003 13:46      Profile for iCoach     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have inherited my mother's old Powermac 6100/60. Nothing powerful, picked up an ethernet adapter for it (little pluggy thing) but I can't seem to get it to boot to a linux CD. I have tried Potato, Woody, a lot of different Mac specific CDs, but it comes up with Tux, then POOF! Nothing.

Has anyone had any success installing Linux to one of these boxes? It's nothing powerful but it'd make a decent little webserver/mailserver for me...



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Have you tried this??


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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2003 14:56      Profile for Tut-an-Geek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Your machine is NUBUS based. Not all mac linux ports support NUBUS based machines.
It will probably be easiest to use MKLinux, which supports these NUBUS machines.

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2003 15:09            Edit/Delete Post 
Hmm... OK... the first thing to note is that no "Old World" Mac (all Macs before the iMac (the first "New World" Mac)) can boot from a Linux CD - Linux has to be booted from a floppy disc. With Potato, disc images of the install discs are on the CD - write them out with Disk Copy to boot from them. Yellow Dog Linux 2 (IIRC – it's been a while since I did this) has instructions for setting it up to boot from the hard disc via BootX).

Having said that, Googling tells me that the PowerMac 6100 is NuBus, not PCI, so that makes things a bit different. It will certainly run Apple's obsolete MkLinux; as for which other distros support NuBus, check out their websites as linked from penguinppc.org. This page says that Yellow Dog 1.2.1 supports NuBus, although YDL 1 is old.

You can try Googling for PowerMac 6100 Linux (to see what others have tried), or looking to see which distros support NuBus PPC Macs like the 6100.

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Icon 1 posted June 12, 2003 05:03      Profile for rw   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Originally posted by iCoach:
I have inherited my mother's old Powermac 6100/60. Nothing powerful ...

I remember the days when I lusted after a computer as powerful as a 6100/60. [Wink]
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Icon 1 posted June 12, 2003 09:02      Profile for Tyler Durden     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Give Gentoo a try. It works marvelously on older hardware on the x86 side, and I haven't heard anything bad about the PPC end either.

There are also liveCDs that run Gentoo off of the disc, but I'm not sure if that'll work off your old hardware.

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Icon 1 posted June 12, 2003 16:43      Profile for Rednivek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
How about SuSE? They have a version for PPC.

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