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O'Reilly Network: LinuxPPC 2000 on a Dual Boot G4

Nov 04, 2000, 12:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Norton)

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"...I've noticed that a noteworthy segment of users are attempting to install LinuxPPC 2000 on their PowerPC G4s. Because I happen to share the opinion that the G4 hardware is very appealing, I'm going to describe in laymen's terms how to perform a LinuxPPC installation on a Macintosh PowerPC G4."

"Sure, documentation currently exists for this type of installation, with one caveat: You must wipe your curent hard drive. This wasn't too appealing to me since I need my Mac OS to play Quake Arena and Unreal. I preferred a more stable approach, and that was to set up LinuxPPC on a secondary ATA drive. This would leave my primary drive free, and I could still use Mac OS 9 to get out on the Internet and retrieve information as I ran into installation problems."

"The approach of this article is that you can sit down and perform the entire install on one Saturday afternoon, or you can break up the install into incremental steps. I recommend taking incremental steps if you have never set up a LinuxPPC workstation before. This article breaks up the installation of a second ATA hard drive, partitioning the drive, and then installing the LinuxPPC 2000 software. Breaking the tasks up into these three steps helps relieve any frustrations you may encounter along the way. Take one evening to install a second ATA drive and get your system to boot properly. The next evening, partition and format the drive. And finally, install the LinuxPPC 2000 software. I gathered as much information as possible to minimize the onset of any unnecessary grief."

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