Saturday, March 1, 2014

Linux on a iMac G4

Last year, I bought a iMac G4 at a rummage sale. Because it ran Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” and very few programs are available for it, I decided to install Linux. Since the G4 is powered by a PowerPC chip, I had to find a Linux distro with PPC support. Unfortunately, I had a lot of problems getting the display to work. The distros would install, but after reboot the screen would only showed black and yellow lines. Finally, I tried Debian 6 PPC. The thing worked right away. It booted into a usable, albeit slow, desktop. Now, all I need to do is fix the color, which looks like 256 color. Below is a video of a boot. I may upload a better video later.