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13th October 2005, 03:13 AM
Can I install Fedora 4 on a PPC 6400? Has anyone here done this before? :cool:
14th October 2005, 01:44 AM
It's a ppc based machine, you should be able to.
I don't know if it has been done.
15th October 2005, 12:11 AM
Is this a mac performa 6400 or a 6.4" TFT panel PC
if a mac performa, FC4 does not support old world mac's use yellow dog 3
if flatpanel PC, maybe but you would have to use the i386 cd set not the ppc set, and a CF memory card and net install or usb cdrom.
22nd October 2005, 06:44 PM
I just spent at least a hundred hours trying to install FC5 on my 8600 using yellow dog 4.0.1. It just died with initscripts the last time. Never did get rpm database working. Yum never gets past missing header.info. It is impossible to update glibc cleanlyas it like most other rpms just tails with cpio failure even though its installed. Sqlite, openssl, elfutils you name it almost anything can break your system. No, yellow dog is about as close to fedora as FC2 is to FC4. You just can't update it to the development tree. I had rawhide running on my 8600 when I bought it back in 1997 using email correspondence with someone who made a distro out of it in Japan. It was necessary to chroot inorder to install it but it worked. Why can't they make FC5 ppc on cd that will boot with bootx and yaboot just like yellowdog did? The software will work somewhat and you can reinstall it as many times as need be until they come out with FC6.
22nd October 2005, 10:18 PM
Why can't they make FC5 ppc on cd that will boot with bootx and yaboot just like yellowdog did?
Because they don't want to go to the trouble to support Old World Macs. There are already other distros that do; namely Debian, Mandriva, and Yellow Dog 3. BootX can be downloaded off the Internet, so there's no need to put it on the CD, since it can't boot from the CD anyway. Also, I prefer quik (which comes with Debian) over BootX because BootX requires you to have a separate working MacOS system in order to use it.
28th October 2005, 06:09 PM
Hi,, this is a summary of what I've been trying in the last few days.... but first my setup. I bought an old world G3 (Beige G3 300MHz MacOS 9.2.2 - no OSX) Somewhere I found a FC4 Boot CD for PPC which I used to grab the ramdisk and boot kernel needed by BootX (following the instructions for installing Yellow Dog Linux 3). All seemed to go (mostly) well. I could boot to and very slowly install FC4. I experienced one minor and one major problem. The ATI graphics driver showed most of the screen, but not the bits showing the buttons - so used Alt N to continue through the screens with the aim of chainging things once it was up. The major problem was that at the end of the install it looks like FC4 installs a boot loader which trashes the original Mac OS partitions needed by BootX, and hence left with an unbootable system!!!
The installer forces itself into a gui anaconda install with no obvious opportunity to add install command line options like you can for a normal x86 install.
Does anyone have a clever way of stopping FC4 from installing the boot loader?
5th January 2007, 09:34 PM
I've searched. I haven't seen an answer to grubabc's question, so forgive me if this is a well-known answer.
Is it possible to simply disable installation of yaboot from the BootX command line ("boot:" prompt)? I have tried putting "bootloader --location=none" on my BootX command line, but that ended up just being silly--after 4 CDs and a success message, the partition map got trashed just the same.
I know it is possible to be tricky by aborting the install before reaching the last disk. I think that in FC6, and choosing the "development packages" group, I get everything but "texinfo" in disks 1-3.
However, that just seems to be on one side or the other of "nuts," so before I go any farther down that path, I thought I'd ask.
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