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    *nix on PowerPC mac

    I hav an old powerPC PowerMacintosh 5500/225(lable on hte front) thats all i know about it because when i booted it up it gives me the folppy disk with a ? mark that flashes so often.
    Im not a real big fan of mac os but i am of linux and i was wondering if there is a linux distro ou there for free that i can drop in the cd drive and boot from so i can install linux thanx


    ps i downloaded yellowdog linux 2 (older software older computer) to try on it but it will not boot from the disk and i hav no idea y any ideas?
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    YDL 2 isn't that old. One of the things you'd need a small MacOS installation to do the Linux installation (I don't know why but that's what is required). You should be able to get OS 8 or 9 for a fairly cheap (like $10) if you look around.
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    thanx and i would just like to know is there a linux distro i can install on my 33 mhz laptop it has a 210 hdd and floppy only i manily use this laptop for dos and win 3.1 but i would like to put linux on here if at all possiable even if its only command line
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    AFAIK, all the linux distros will require the same. You could try command + C which I believe should have it boot from CD. I believe that FreeBSD and SUSE also offer PowerPC versions.
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    control c doenst work either but il get it running eventualy i hav all summer but something i did notice is that the hdd is ide eventho mac uses scsi as its main drive bus but since it is ide would i be able to drop it into my dualboot win98se/redhat linux and lowlevel format it then but a mac verson of linux on it so it will at least boot to something then drop it back into the mac and go from there? if not it doesnt matter
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    http://www.mac.linux-m68k.org/ <--Linux for real old macs.

    http://www.mklinux.org/ <-- Linux for PowerPC Macs. (You should find a distro and documentation here)

    As for your IDE drive, you'd probably need to pre-format it before dropping it in since there is no OS on the Mac and Mac doesn't come with low-level format utils (AFAIK).
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