Attempting Manjaro install to iMac G5 PPC 1.8GHz

#1

Hi everyone.
I’m trying to install Manjaro on my old iMac G5. I’m open to whatever version will work best, but I’ve been trying to install the Deepin version–and running into some difficulties. I had previously installed Lubuntu Xerial Xenus via DVD-R, but it didn’t work well at all…primarily because it couldn’t connect to internet via ethernet or wifi.

Now, in trying to install Manjaro Deepin, I can’t get the iMac to boot from a DVD-R or USB.
There’s more I could say about what I’ve tried, but maybe I should just leave it there and ask for some pointers/ideas, which would be very much appreciated…

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#2

sorry you need only distro linux with powerpc or ppc64
https://distrowatch.com/search.php?ostype=All&category=All&origin=All&basedon=All&notbasedon=None&desktop=All&architecture=ppc64&package=All&rolling=All&isosize=All&netinstall=All&language=All&defaultinit=All&status=Active#simple

dont forget that you only have OpenFirmware for booting , this is not Grub !

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#3

Thanks stephane. So…based upon that, looks like some version of Unbuntu would be a good bet. I see that 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” is listed by Ubuntu as a PowerPC option. Do you think that would be good for me to try? As far as OpenFirmware goes…does this mean I should not be trying to boot by holding down the option key and looking for drives, but rather going to the “terminal” and typing in some certain code/command etc…?

#4

stephane…well, a little confusing. Looks like maybe I need to download Precise Penguin version.

#5

That’s 12.04 which is EOL (also “Pangolin”). You should look elsewhere.

You probably want something like http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/18.04.2/release/ubuntu-18.04.2-server-ppc64el.iso then add the desktop packages after installation.

It will be a little more effort but should work OK.

#6

thanks, jonathon.
I tried both–the Precise Pangolin and the Ubuntu 18.04.2.
Burned to DVD-R on a Sierra Mac with a 3rd party iso burning software and the factory Disk Utility.
Held the “C” key while turning on computer.
Computer did seem to be trying to boot from “CD-ROM” (as computer referred to it), but…
-went to a “yaboot” prompt asking me to press 1 for some Linux something, or press c to boot from CD-ROM.
Pressing C never got me anywhere…can’t remember what the “reply” was…just seemed to keep circling over and over to press C or press 1, and when I would press c it would just give me something like “trying to boot to C…” or somesuch.
Also tried holding down the command+apple+shift+delete keys while trying the above; didn’t work.
I should perhaps back up to explain that I current have a Lubuntu version running (but not working well at all–no ethernet or wifi for starters); maybe that explains why yaboot offered the “press 1 for linux GNU” or something like that as an alternative to “press C to boot from CD-ROM”
Anyhow…looking like maybe I need to educate myself about “Open Firmware” and “yaboot”.
Any suggestions appreciated.

#7

If you’re installing Ubuntu, the best place to ask is https://ubuntuforums.org/

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#8

Yes, I understand. I’m new to this world of Ubuntu Lubuntu Kubuntu Xubuntu Linux Mate
and tend to lump them all together.:wink:
Thank you all for the help.
Will head over to Ubuntu forum…

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#9

Aside from AmigaOS systems, are there any PCs still being made using PPC CPUs? And how many distros even support PPC currently?

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