Re: Debian PPC
John A. English, n/OEF wrote:
I am trying to install Debian Linux on an iMAC computer.
I bought a set of distribution disks and booted the disk 1 then
followed the directions and successfully installed the command line
However, when it came to the x windows stuff, the install asked what
mouse I was using and none of the choices were Mac mice. I chose one
of the generic mice and went on. Then install asked for what video
driver and one of the choices was ati which I think is correct, so
that's what I chose.
Next it asked for the horizontal and vertical refresh rates. I
guessed, and I am pretty sure I got it wrong, but I can't find the
information install is asking for anywhere. Even the Apple Specs
don't give the info I need, unless i'm doing the wrong thing entirely,
which may be the case.
Is there a straight forward "easy" step by step guide specifically for
an iMac? Or does someone recognize what I'm doing wrong?
Pax et bonum,
John A. English, n/OEF
You might want to subscribe to debian-powerpc
"lspci" will give you a good idea of what your video card is, as well as
other PCI devices.
It sounds like you've got an older version of Debian than what I'm
accustomed to; I think the Sid (unstable) flavor, which I installed on a
G4 half a year or so ago was a bit easier to set up than what you're
presenting. I assume you're mostly just experimenting at this phase, so
what I'd suggest is that you add the "unstable" lines to
"/etc/apt/sources.lst" (just duplicate the "stable" lines, except for
the "security" entry, probably two lines, and change "stable" to
"unstable"), and then upgrade your box via "apt-get update" and "apt-get
dist-upgrade". This should get you a newer version of X that's easier to
As far as you question about a "step by step guide", you might take a
look at the official installation guide at
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/powerpc/install if you haven't
already found it. Other than that, perhaps someone else knows of another
guide to which they can point you.
Kent West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Debian PPC
- From: "John A. English, n/OEF" <email@example.com>