Linux Ubuntu Installation Question

By maxwell edison ·
Okay, I'm a Linux novice, but my son dragged me into the Linux world when he attempted to install the operating system on his Mac - a G5 Power PC. Yes, he downloaded the correct Ubuntu O.S. and ordered the proper DVD for the Mac Power PC (or so he claims).

The problem we're having is with the installation process.

The computer detects the DVD and boots up accordingly, automatically launching the installation process. After entering the vital user information, we make the selection to install making a new partition that utilizes the entire disk.

The installation process quickly advances to 10 percent, then goes back to zero percent, then quickly advances to show 5 percent - and then it all freezes.

Any ideas?

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Max the only versions of Ubuntu that I can see here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Linux Ubuntu Installation ...

Are the 32 Bit and the 64 Bit downloads.

From my limited experience with Ubuntu it's fairly fool proof you just download the ISO burn it to a CD/DVD whatever and boot off that. Here your description sounds like it's a 64 Bit Install that isn't supported by the Hardware so maybe the 32 Bit version may be helpful.


Just a thought here though did you wipe the HDD before starting the install? I would suggest Kill Disc if you didn't and wiping the HDD then start the Ubuntu Install.


Send me a E-Mail if you want any help here.


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There's a fairly active forum for PPC users

by NickNielsen In reply to Linux Ubuntu Installation ...

in the Ubuntu forums: http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=133

This thread may interest you, although this person seems to have gotten Ubuntu to load: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=748555

As far as I know, Max, it should install with no problems, but I haven't played with a Mac in over 10 years.

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This may be of interest

by seanferd In reply to Linux Ubuntu Installation ...
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Ubuntu on a Mac

by DKeith45 In reply to Linux Ubuntu Installation ...

Only experience I have is installing Ubuntu on an old G4 PowerPC. Because it had less than 512 mb of ram, I had to use an older distro... Edubuntu 6.06. for PowerPC. Install went flawlessly for me. Currently I'm writing this post from a Ubuntu 9.10 dual boot install on my primary system alongside WinXP.

So only advice I can give is make sure you have at least 512 mb of ram, as most linux these days needs at least that. Make sure you have the PowerPC version of the Linux distro in question. If the distro you have doesn't work, try another one... Edubuntu, Xubuntu, just download the .iso file from Ubuntu.com for free and burn it to a CD-R using the suggested free burning program. There's a simple tutorial there also. Good luck.

BTW, most Linux distros are around 700 mb.

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