Re: Help with install on old Mac
On 12/5/20 1:47 AM, didier gaumet wrote:
Disclaimer: I am not familiar with Apple (old or new) hardware
There is the Debian Jessie installation manual for the powerpc architecture:
the 3.6.1 section could explain why you have difficulties to boot from your hard disk:
but the link indicated to upgrade is broken
http://gnats.netbsd.org/43952 provides an updated link:
On a side note, NetBSD, FreeBSD and OpenBSD all seem to have present version of their OS for the mac powerpc architecture:, NetBSD probably being the most advanced and supported (FreeBSD: WIP):
keep us informed if you have succeeded :-)
Thanks for the links. I too had noticed some of the Debian links were
I did try a different, smaller, USB stick for the firmware, but it did
not help. Plus some of the info from other pages suggested at least one
partition name might be wrong. So I decided to follow your suggestion
to look into the BSD systems.
I chose NetBSD and have successfully installed it. But again, getting
the system to boot into it is proving a challenge.
Since I'm now using NetBSD, I'll be taking this conversation over to
But I may ultimately retry getting Linux up on the machine.
We'll see how it goes.