[clug-talk] Linux & Mac OS Dual-Boot
gustin at echostar.ca
Tue Dec 11 03:06:38 PST 2007
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> Hi All,
> Wanted to query the list and get some suggestions on how I should go
> about a project.
> I have an old iMac (G3 I believe..one-piece blue & clear shell) that is
> running a PowerPC chip.
> What I would ideally like to do is get it dual (or triple) booting
> between linux & Mac OS. I am not overly worried about storing data on
> it as I have a Windows 2003 domain (yes I know) that acts as my file
That is an awfully expensive toy to have at home.
> server/domain controller, etc. so I would anticpate the whole hard drive
> being used.
> I am sort of in the research stages right now so am gathering
> information and deciding form there. I would anticipate that this
> wopuld just be a general purpose/test box that sit in the kitchen. If
> it supports an AirCard I am contemplating installing one...but would
> want to make sure that the AirCard would work in Linux as well.
Hit or miss. Make sure there is a good return policy wherever you get
> What I need suggestions on is the following:
> * Any distro suggestions? I am pretty comfortable with and would
> prefer using *buntu's but I don't know if they still make any of these
> for the PPC chips. Do they? If so where are they found?
Debian still supports PPC (what doesn't debian support)
Ubuntu dropped PPC in favour of Sparc.
> I know there is Yellow Dog and have heard is one of the better ones for
> Mac's. Any opinions, etc?
> * What pre-installation steps do I need to consider? Is there a special
> order I should install things in?
> I am planning top use OS 9.2.2 right now and if I can ever get my hands
> on a copy of Mac OS X I would like to install that as well. I don't
OS X has steep hardware requirements. You should make sure that you
meet (or better still exceed) the minimum requirements. Do not expect
that you will be able to run the latest version of OS X on this old machine.
> know if it is recommended/possible/advisable to boot into 9 & 10 & then
> into Linux as well...basically setting up a triple boot. Or is it
> better to have an OS 9 for now, then upgrade it to OS X & run OS 9 stuff
> in classic mode & then stick with a dual boot?
Seriously, when it came to Macs, I had only one OS on them, either
Debian or YD. MacOS 9 seems kind of pointless, Especially these days.
Kind of like running Win95.
> * Seeing as it will initially connect to a Windows domain and later to a
> Linux domain is there anything I would need server side? I knwo windows
> has services for mac, but I am thinking if there is something for Linux
> or possible an open source equivalent of Services for mac in windows. I
> seem to remember something like that... but the name escapes me and
> can't think of the details.
Samba. OS X uses samba. Not sure how it worked on older MacOS
versions, though personally I don't care :)
> * Anything else I might be forgetting?
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