Bug#358348: installation-report: Installation report for etch2 beta on Powerbook G4
Yesterday I installed Debian with the Etch2 d-i on a friend's G4 Powerbook.
He had MacOS X occupying the whole hard disc, so we backuped all data and
re-installed MacOS to repartition the disk. The standard MacOS installation
procedure created a 32k HFS+ partition, followed by 134 MB free disk space
and followed by the real MacOS partition.
The yaboot installer complained that 900k would be needed, so we resized
the 32k partition to something larger using the 134 megs behind it.
This wept the whole partition clean, including the installed MacOS X.
If resizing HFS+ partitions is experimental it shouldn't be offered in
the installer, I guess.
After a reinstall of MacOS X where we created a sufficiently large boot
partition everything went fine.
We installed the Desktop-Task, which installed Gnome. No desktop war flames
intended, but a separate "Desktop/KDE", which installs a KDE based system
including OpenOffice would be very much appreciated.
German i18n was fine, except the very awkward "Tottasten" for dead_keys.
I have to admit I don't have better a translation, though.
Auto-detection of the Nvidia graphic card failed. It created an fbdev
based X11 config, which failed to start. After manual configuration of
the "nv" driver everything was fine.
Besides the above the installation was very smooth and worked just great.
Congratulations to everyone involved.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.15-1-686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.ISO-8859-15@euro (charmap=ISO-8859-15)