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Re: Supported models

i have an idea on this... how about a small Mac OS application that you
could d/l and run and it would read the gestalt id and report weather the
machine will run and what dist minimum to use (i.e Beige G3 would report
something like 'This machine would need bootx to startup and Dist 2.2r2 or
newer') this would probly make it easier for people new to linux to decide
wheather they a) want to try linux and b) a starting point as to what dist
to try....

just my $.02

p.s. i just checked my hd and i still have CW PRO3 still on it and would
volunteer to write this if it would be feasable/useful...

on 11/3/01 1:02 AM using moldy cheese ldesegur@mac.com engraved this message

> 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).
>> 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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