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Re: PPC subarches

On Thu, 2004-08-05 at 21:33 +0100, Ken Moffat wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Aug 2004, Matthew T. Atkinson wrote:
> >
> > I'm aware that the PowerBook G4 has ``Open Firmware'' -- is this part of
> > the BIOS or some kind of in-ROM bootloader?  I have searched on the
> > Apple web site and can't find any definitive answer, nor a list of the
> > numerous keyboard shortcuts there are for it.  To me, it seems a bit
> > like GRUB, but I am not sure exactly what it is.  The only thing I've
> > learnt so far, from the Apple site, is that it is separate from the
> > POST.
> >
>  OF is primarily the equivalent of the bios, and like any bios it knows
> how to boot (but not how to _select_ an OS to boot).  So far, I haven't
> found any comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts.

That's not true :-)

Press the "alt" key after the "bong" (don't release it until you see the
something new)

Surprise!! :-P

> > Regarding partitioning and bootloaders like GRUB:  If I re-install OSX,
> > creating a suitable Linux partition and then install Sarge, will its
> > installation routine be able to set up GRUB to allow me to boot OSX or
> > Linux?
> >
>  Last I heard, grub (v2) wasn't ready for ppc.  I expect it's come on
> since then, but at the moment you'll be using yaboot.  I don't run OSX
> so I don't know the exact specifics of disk-partitioning for it, but
> it's documented on the yaboot site (look for it at www.penguinppc.org, I
> think).


> Ken
Carlos Perelló Marín
Debian GNU/Linux Sid (PowerPC)
Linux Registered User #121232
mailto:carlos@pemas.net || mailto:carlos@gnome.org
Valencia - Spain

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