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Re: Supported models

If the real goal is finding out if the machine you bought can install and
run Debian, you should make that task really simple.

Something is the line of using a list of machines given by what they show
under the Apple System Profiler (running on the OS pre-installed on the
machine) associated with a status value (OK/NOT SUPPORTED/IN PROGRESS) would
be really neat.

For example, my desk machine shows:

Machine ID:   406  
Model Number: Power Mac G4 Cube

These two values are just enough to describe any particular model that Apple
manufactured as their software relies on them, and they are easily reachable
by any Mac user (ASP is pre-installed on both X and 9).

With these two values given in your list and a status associated with them,
the task of finding out if Debian can be installed becomes trivial. So far,
all the proposed schemes I have seen in this thread fail short to give a
unique name to multiple revisions of various models.

For those of you purists who don't even want to boot once under MacOS 9/X to
run ASP and look at these two values to find out if your machine is
supported, you probably don't even need the list anyway.


> From: Matt Brubeck <mbrubeck@hmc.edu>
> Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 21:01:14 -0800 (PST)
> To: Chris Tillman <tillman@azstarnet.com>
> Cc: <debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org>
> Subject: Re: Supported models
> Resent-From: debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org
> "Slot-loading" alone is too ambiguous, since the next several generations
> of iMacs will probably fit that description.  One can imagine a user
> purchasing a new iMac, seeing "iMac (slot loading)" on a compatible list,
> and thiking that his model will work when in fact it doesn't.  You and I
> know that it is Apple jargon for a particular model, but most users won't.
> If we want to be really explicit we could expand the iMac models as
> follows.  This listing should make it easy for owners to pin down their
> exact models.  On the other hand it is a bit overwhelming, and perhaps a
> less-exhaustive compromise is better.
>> iMac Bondi Blue, 5 Flavors, Slot Loading        powermac-NewWorld
>> iMac Summer 2000, Early 2001                    powermac-NewWorld
> iMac 233       "rev A/B" (bondi blue)
> iMac 266/333   "rev C/D" (five flavors)
> iMac 350       "Slot-Loading" (blueberry)
> iMac DV 400    "Slot-Loading" (five flavors)
> iMac DV SE 400 "Slot-Loading" (graphite)
> iMac 350       "Summer 2000" (indigo)
> iMac DV 400    "Summer 2000" (indigo/ruby)
> iMac DV+ 450   "Summer 2000" (indigo/ruby/sage)
> iMac DV SE 500 "Summer 2000" (graphite/snow)
> iMac 400    "Early 2001" (indigo)
> iMac 500    "Early 2001" (flower power/blue dalmation)
> iMac SE 600 "Early 2001" (flower/dalmation/graphite)
> iMac 500    "Summer 2001" (indigo)
> iMac 600    "Summer 2001" (graphite)
> iMac SE 700 "Summer 2001" (graphite/snow)
> Similar details might be useful for the PowerBooks and iBooks.  Note that
> at least including a list of processor speeds greatly reduces the chance
> of unforseen ambiguity.
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