Testing Vivid PPC liveDVD on G4 Sawtooth

Fritz Hudnut este.el.paz at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 19:18:48 UTC 2015


Ah, yeah, I would be very happy for 1GB RAM on my iBook . . . as I would
also be happy with 933MHz processor on my "new" '00 Sawtooth.  But, right,
will probably move up to 14.04 ***LTS**** in a little while . . . doesn't
seem like Vivid is quite up to "prime time" yet, based upon my limited
testing of it . . . seems like other PPC folks as well as i386ers are also
finding "issues."


On Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 11:54 AM, johanes hutapea <dejoebad at yahoo.com>

> i also geared with ibook g4. but, it is a mid 2005 version, with only 1GB
> ddr1 ram. it works fine with 14.04.1 LTS version.
> but the ibook is no more than just a cloud storage and a simple internet
> router.
> Fritz Hudnut <este.el.paz at gmail.com> wrote:
> @IA:
> Thanks for the reply, yes, LXDE should work as XFCE is doing fine.
> Getting the machine up to 2GB RAM seems to have been very good for
> increasing functionality.  I will get around to looking at the formal
> testing using it as far as "listing the specs" of it . . . but that could
> be a short list or longer depending on who is asking.  What specs would you
> be wanting to know?
> F
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:30 AM, Istimsak Abdulbasir <saqman2060 at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> LXDE should work fine with a 450MHz CPU. Won't be bleeding edge but
>> operational. Do you know the specs of your AGP? You should definitely list
>> your PC specs when testing. The more hardware Ubuntu can be tested on the
>> better agile it becomes.
>> On Mar 22, 2015 8:57 PM, "Fritz Hudnut" <este.el.paz at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Folks/PPC testing team:
>>> Just staying in touch, making this "informal" report for now.  The last
>>> couple of months I've been reviving my wife's old PowerMac G4 "Sawtooth" .
>>> . . new HD, new screen, and yesterday I replaced the old optical drive that
>>> only booted CDs with one that will boot DVDs . . . added some RAM.  Then
>>> booted up a copy of U-MATE PPC, no boot params . . . and several minutes
>>> later I was into a good res desktop and stuff worked.
>>> I then tried a Feb 6??? iso of Vivid PPC that I believe booted with the
>>> "agp" params OK in my iBook . . . and we slowly (450 MHz processor) got to
>>> a desktop with the Lu background symbol . . . but kind of rough res images,
>>> and just the trash can and "install" icons on the desktop . . . icon ID
>>> words were not read-able and the "LXDE" launcher applet never appeared.
>>> While I was trying to figure out how to set the system time it seemed like
>>> the system and my screen "went to sleep" . . . screen went black and the
>>> power button turned orange from its active blue.  Could not revive the
>>> situation . . . shut down with the power button.
>>> Rebooted the MATE DVD to see if it would work, and once again after
>>> quite some time on the splash window . . . back into a working liveDVD.
>>> So, this is a "new" machine for me, haven't done a bunch of linux installs
>>> on it to know whether or not what boot params would be needed;
>>> coincidentally or not it happens to be the "AGP" Sawtooth model.  A month
>>> or so back I had a CD with Xu 12.04 that I was able to boot and install
>>> from the old optical drive, no boot params needed for that, very simple
>>> install.  I would stay with 12 but, as we know it will soon be
>>> "unsupported" . . . will probably just go to 14.04 for it anyway, but does
>>> seem like there might be something else I need for 15 on this '00 model
>>> machine.  12 doesn't offer a working "suspend" at this time, perhaps now
>>> that I have 2 GB RAM I might try to expand the swap and see if that helps
>>> the ability to suspend without shutting down to revive . . . .
>>> That's the latest in my PPC testing efforts, pretty sure this unit will
>>> not be on the qa list, but I do plan on running it for awhile so there may
>>> be time to test stuff out "formally" on it.
>>> F
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