Re: Powerbook G4 17"
I love the PowerBook 17. It is a great looking machine with some nice
features. It is quite big but I chose screen size over the the
convenience of a smaller machine.
OS-X is great from some points of view and not so good from other points
of view. It is more personal preference really and I have to admit that
I am no OS-X expert at all. It is very easy to use once you know where
things are. I used to know earlier versions of MacOS quite well and
MacOS-X is quite different. I really love my Linux destop setup at work
with Gnome, Sawfish and the virtual desktop arrangement. Apparently you
can install Gnome and Sawfish on MacOS-X which would give you the
choice. I tried but it involves using "fink" and compiling packages. The
compiles failed and I gave up.
I have now finally got X working on the PB17. It was basically my fault
for not listening to the advice of the experts on the various lists. I
needed xfree86 version 4.3.0 or later. I found some prebuilt .debs that
Daniel Stone put together and used apt to install it. He has a few
mirrors around the world. Do a google search and you will find them. I
only got it going yesterday and haven't tested it much but I am a happy
chap than I was yesterday. X was my biggest frustration with the PB17 so
now that it is up and running I suspect I will be very happy with it.
Airport Extreme support is the only other thing I would want. It is not
quite a showstopper for me but may be for others. I'm hoping someone is
working on drivers for it and it will be available sooner rather than later.
Thomas Nyman wrote:
I noticed your post on the debian list and decided to take a chance
and send you this email.
I am basically an i386 guy however recently I have become very
interested in Apples Powerbook G4 17" (1,33 GHz PowerPC G4)
model nr M9110*/A.
It looks very nice and seems to have some neat capabilities such as
the backlit keyboard and dvd-burning capabilities.
Anyway, I was wondering if you could give some feedback on the
machine, speed , battery-life and just general comments on how it
works and what you think of OS-X ( i would be getting Panther). But
even more interesting is find out how your attempts at installing
debian have progressed. Have you been able to get debian working as a
dual-boot on the machine? Are there some things that do not work in
debian? I seem to have read that the airport extreme wlan card might
not work in debian..have You been able to get it to work?
Once again, this is a shot in the dark, and if You dont have the time
or the inclination then just disregard this email. I am however very
interested in all information on how well the 17" works with debian etc.