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What Linux distro for VERY old iBook and iMac's?

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What Linux distro for VERY old iBook and iMac's?

JoniFili
I recently inherited 3 VERY old Macs. One iBook from 2000, and two iMacs (from about the same time). It was fun to get back to the past century for a while, but I really like to use them in this time and age, so, as a DYI, I plan to install Linux on them.

Any ideas on a distro that works in these machines?
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    OH Smeg

    Which is the base of OSX

    http://www.freebsd.org/where.html

    Or if you specifically want some form of Linux that gets a bit more difficult depending on what you actually want to do as different distros do different things better than others. However as a Good General Purpose Base with Older Hardware Mint or Fuduntu maybe will be suitable.

    Both have advantages and disadvantages depending on what it is you want to achieve.

    Mint

    http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

    Fuduntu

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/fuduntu/files/

    Col

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    markp24

    you may also like

    ultimated edition 3.0 lite
    (unbuntu based but very nice)
    www.ulitimateedition.info

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    Slackware based, not to resource intensive
    www.slax.org

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    CFWhitman

    For machines that old don't you need a PowerPC distribution? If that's correct, the only suggestion that will work so far is FreeBSD, because it's the only one mentioned that has a PowerPC edition (although it's not Linux but another member of the Unix and Unix-like family).

    Some distributions that are available for PowerPC are:

    Ubuntu
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD#A32-bit_PowerPC.2A.2A
    (PowerPC is no longer officially supported, but it is unofficially supported even to the point of the current 12.04 Beta being available.)

    Frugalware
    http://frugalware.org/
    (You will find the PowerPC edition right in among the others in the iso folder of any download mirror, either as two CDs or one DVD.)

    Debian
    http://www.debian.org/
    (PowerPC is just one of the many architectures supported.)

    Yellow Dog Linux
    http://www.ydl.net/
    (You need a DVD-ROM drive for the DVD image that they offer.)

    Ubuntu is up to date and easy, but is not the fastest distro. Yellow Dog is stable, but not usually terribly up to date. Debian Stable is very stable and has a lot of packages available, but is not terribly up to date. You could of course try Testing or SId for more current software. Frugalware is pretty up to date and well supported, but it doesn't have the same extent of packages that Debian and Ubuntu have (it's a nice distribution though).

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    OH Smeg

    Which is the base of OSX

    http://www.freebsd.org/where.html

    Or if you specifically want some form of Linux that gets a bit more difficult depending on what you actually want to do as different distros do different things better than others. However as a Good General Purpose Base with Older Hardware Mint or Fuduntu maybe will be suitable.

    Both have advantages and disadvantages depending on what it is you want to achieve.

    Mint

    http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

    Fuduntu

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/fuduntu/files/

    Col

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    markp24

    you may also like

    ultimated edition 3.0 lite
    (unbuntu based but very nice)
    www.ulitimateedition.info

    +
    0 Votes

    Slackware based, not to resource intensive
    www.slax.org

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    CFWhitman

    For machines that old don't you need a PowerPC distribution? If that's correct, the only suggestion that will work so far is FreeBSD, because it's the only one mentioned that has a PowerPC edition (although it's not Linux but another member of the Unix and Unix-like family).

    Some distributions that are available for PowerPC are:

    Ubuntu
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD#A32-bit_PowerPC.2A.2A
    (PowerPC is no longer officially supported, but it is unofficially supported even to the point of the current 12.04 Beta being available.)

    Frugalware
    http://frugalware.org/
    (You will find the PowerPC edition right in among the others in the iso folder of any download mirror, either as two CDs or one DVD.)

    Debian
    http://www.debian.org/
    (PowerPC is just one of the many architectures supported.)

    Yellow Dog Linux
    http://www.ydl.net/
    (You need a DVD-ROM drive for the DVD image that they offer.)

    Ubuntu is up to date and easy, but is not the fastest distro. Yellow Dog is stable, but not usually terribly up to date. Debian Stable is very stable and has a lot of packages available, but is not terribly up to date. You could of course try Testing or SId for more current software. Frugalware is pretty up to date and well supported, but it doesn't have the same extent of packages that Debian and Ubuntu have (it's a nice distribution though).