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LinuxNewbie.org: Installing Yellow Dog Linux On an IMAC DV SE

Oct 16, 2000, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philippe Tapon)

[ Thanks to Sensei for this link. ]

"This explains how to install Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server 1.2.1 on an iMac DV SE (400 mhz, 13 Gigs), the one available in December 1999, with a non-extended keyboard and hockey puck mouse. This installation procedure creates a dual-boot system and assumes you have backed up your data and have a bootable OS 9 CD-ROM."

"Expect problems. This is still leading- to bleeding-edge technology. In the course of the installation the keyboard played dead and the computer played dead: I mean for several minutes no OS would boot, at all--neither from the hard drive, nor from the CD. I must admit I got close to being rattled by that. But I unplugged the machine for 3 minutes while I read Alternative Press magazine and that did the trick. Of course, Alternative Press may not do it for you. You might prefer Linux Monthly."

"iMac DVs are New World machines and need Yaboot (Yet Another Bootloader) and not BootX. (BootX is for Old World Machines, and I think the rule of thumb is that if it can run an OS previous to 8.6, it's Old World.) Because Yaboot is a Mac-, or rather Mac Open-Firmware-, application that bootstraps the linux kernel into RAM, you need to have a Mac partition on the iMac, even if you wish to run only linux on it. Other HOW-TOs explain partitioning much better than I can. I'll only say that to run a dual-boot system I used the OS 9 Software Install CD that came with the iMac to create 5 partitions (only three are essential for running Linux, dual-boot system or not)."

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