replacing ydl with debian
I have recently installed yellow dog on my old powerbook g4, but I want to switch over to debian, which is what I run on most of my pc's. I have read the install instructions for debian on ppc and it all looks pretty straightforward apart from just one or two things. First up is yaboot; ydl has installed this with hda9 as the boot partition (this being about a 1Mb ufs partition) but the debian install how-to states pretty clearly that this is a Bad idea. So, I am wondering if I can just use the partitions which are in use now by updating to the latest version of yaboot (as the one on the install disk looks to be a little old)?
I can't think of the other thing I wanted to ask. but here's a copy of what parted shows me when running 'parted /dev/hda print'
Disk geometry for /dev/hda: 0.000-19077.187 megabytes
Disk label type: mac
Minor Start End Filesystem Name Flags
1 0.000 0.031 Apple
2 0.031 0.058 Macintosh
3 0.059 0.085 Macintosh
4 0.086 0.113 Macintosh
5 0.113 0.140 Macintosh
6 0.141 0.390 Macintosh
7 0.391 0.640 Macintosh
8 0.641 0.890 Patch Partition
9 0.891 1.890 hfs untitled boot
11 1.891 8003.859ext3 untitled
12 8003.859 9539.484linux-swap swap swap
10 9539.484 19077.183hfs Untitled 2
I have a working yaboot.conf file for this layout so should I be able to use this layout and not have to reformat my hard drive again (and re-install osX, again)?