Re: PowerBook 12"
On Jul 15, 2009, at 7:32 AM, MAD wrote:
I would really like to start using Linux - I have it already as a VM
on my Intel Mac Book Pro, and I think it will make my 12" PowerBook
very useful. Is there anything someone from your Debian group could
tell me to help? Thanks a lot.
Your PowerBook won't boot from a USB device, so you can ignore all the
people telling you about ways that they have installed Debian on i386
laptops using USB sticks. That's the bad news.
The good news is that it will boot from a FireWire CD/DVD drive. They
can be purchased for as little as $80 from CDW (not the cheapest place
to buy parts, but they have a good selection) Here's the URL
A cheaper option would be to check out your local Apple Users Group or
Linux Users Group and ask if somebody there can loan you a FireWire
Depending on the bandwidth of your access to Internet, you can
download a small (60 MB) CD image (called "businesscard") or a full
(700 MB) CD, or a full (4.7 GB) DVD install iso image from
You'll need access to a CD/DVD burner. If you buy a FireWire drive,
like the one referenced above, that will do the job -- otherwise you
can probably get somebody at the local Users Group to help you out.
Don't hesitate to ask questions if you run into problems... The
Debian-PowerPC list (firstname.lastname@example.org) has some
friendly folks who are pretty knowledgeable. You can sign up for the
list, and search the archives, at