Installing ubuntu on a Mac SE

F.W. fletch229 at
Tue Jul 1 00:28:44 BST 2008

having install Linux on some older macs none quite as old as yours I'm going
to suggest you shoot yourself in the foot instead it will be much less

On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 7:09 PM, Brian Pitts <brian at> wrote:

> David McMillan wrote:
> > I am very new to Linux, but have Ubuntu installed on my Dell 2400 and am
> > pleased with it so far.  I would like to try to resurrect my old Mac SE,
> > for limited use, so that I install a calendar, and possibly some games
> > for my granddaughter.  It will have to be loaded through a "floppy",
> > also.  Would like some assistance with what version/kernel/whatever, I
> > need to do.
> So you have one of these [0] from the late 1980s? It has a Motorola
> 68000 processor, 1MB of RAM, and perhaps as 20MB hard drive. Installing
> linux on this is not a simple process. You will probably have to replace
> the CPU with a 68020 or newer (but not a 68LC040), max the RAM out at
> 4MB, and add a 100mb hard drive before it is even possible. Even once
> you do that, it will not be useful for much.
> Ubuntu does not support the M68K architecture. Debian [1] and Gentoo are
> the only linuxes that do as far as I know. If you search google for "mac
> se" linux you'll find some installation howtos.
> [0]
> [1]
> -Brian
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