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Posted August 24, 2013 - 09:46 AM

I have an old 20" G5 iMac that Apple is no longer supporting.  It is stuck on Leopard and I thought it might be interesting to Linux on it.  Options are VERY limited and Ubuntu for PPC is not great so I decided to go with

http://mintppc.org/. 

 

So far I have Mint PPC 11 installed but need to figure out some quirks which I expected.  I am having trouble with sound (and for a person who listens to music all the time that is a must have) and the cooling fans which run most of the time.  There are fixes out there but I have not tried them at this time.  

 

Anyone else running Mint or Mint PPC?  I like it better than Ubuntu and it uses the Ubuntu repositories.


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Posted September 14, 2013 - 09:24 PM

Gave up on it at this time.  Too much to worry about related to the rapidly approaching move.  I will try again later.


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Posted September 15, 2013 - 09:39 AM

There are quite a few distros I like better the Ubuntu, I just never warmed up to the Unity desktop.  I have used Mint, both xfcs, mate and cinnamon.  I liked xfcs the best but I ran into problem with updates and repositories not having the proper security.  I don't remember exactly what all the issue was, I just moved on.  There are to many distro's out there (for intel base machines) to have to fight to get one working these days.

 

There is one distro I want to try out LXLE.  I've read some reviews and I think it may be an interesting distro.  But my test machine died the other day and I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet.  Let us know if you ever revisit this and how it goes.  Maybe by the time you get back to it there will be an update and the issues will be resolved.  I've had that happen before.  :D



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Posted September 15, 2013 - 08:50 PM

I use Mint Debian and I like it a lot

with the others they are on a 6 month roll out

yes you do not have to update every 6 mont, but after 3 years you will have to install the new version

 

Debian you will not have to install from the start - it is a rolling lease

so you do not have to back up your data for the new lease

it just install the new lease and you are back using your computer again

minutes not hour getting it all set back up the way you had or liked it


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Posted September 16, 2013 - 08:44 AM

I use Mint Debian and I like it a lot

with the others they are on a 6 month roll out

yes you do not have to update every 6 mont, but after 3 years you will have to install the new version

 

Debian you will not have to install from the start - it is a rolling lease

so you do not have to back up your data for the new lease

it just install the new lease and you are back using your computer again

minutes not hour getting it all set back up the way you had or liked it

 

What file system are you using with Mint?  



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Posted September 16, 2013 - 11:35 AM

Linux Mint Debian 2013 - Mate

see the following link for more info

 

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2346


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