Xubuntu on PPC

Harold Johnson harold.johnson at gmail.com
Sun Aug 27 21:52:31 UTC 2006

Hi John,

Yes, I'm currently running Xubuntu 6.06.1.  The only way I can manage to
install this wonderful distro is using pre-Dapper Ubuntu installation CDs.
I'm concerned about newbies, though, who probably aren't able to install
Xubuntu at all (unless they manage to read a post/thread like this and
realize they're going to have to use a Breezy or Hoary or Warty CD in order
to get Xubuntu installed on their OldWorld Mac).  I'm also concerned about
the future direction of Ubuntu, and whether it will continue to allow
booting into OldWorld Macs at all.  There's already a dearth of support on
the Debian side (for OldWorld and NuBus Mac systems, at least), and since
Ubuntu is Debian-based, I'm wondering how long I'm going to be able to run
Xubuntu on this old Mac...and Xubuntu seems ideal for these older systems!

As for SCSI being the culprit: I appreciate your posting that information.
I've seen that post before, and I'm not quite sure I understand it.  In any
case, my system doesn't currently use SCSI, so I'm not sure how that applies
to the installation procedure.  Of course, my system has SCSI capabilities,
though I don't believe I'm currently using them; I don't have any SCSI
devices plugged into this PowerBook.  So would the installer still stumble,
even though no SCSI devices are being used?


On 8/27/06, john levin <john at technolalia.org> wrote:
> Harold Johnson wrote:
> >
> > I attempted to install this distro from the existing Xubuntu (Dapper)
> > installer CDs, but I have only been able to install the distro by
> > installing Breezy server, then upgrading to Dapper server, then
> > installing xubuntu-desktop.  There are probably many other potential PPC
> > users who are unable to use Xubuntu simply because they are having
> > tremendous difficulty installing the distro, so I hope -- and plead with
> > you -- that some development/attention will continue in the area of
> > compatibility with PPC systems (including OldWorld Macs).  Speaking for
> > myself, I really enjoy using Xubuntu, and find that the distro is quite
> > stable and useful as a desktop OS on my PPC-based system.  I've also
> > encountered others -- some who have emailed me, others I've met in IRC
> > channels and discussion lists and such -- who've expressed an interest
> > in installing and using Xubuntu.  Unfortunately, the inability to
> > install Xubuntu (from the CD, using BootX) to many Macs has presented a
> > barrier for many potential users of the distro.
> >
> > Using BootX to boot and install is currently the standard method of
> > running Linux on older PPC systems.  This method worked without issue
> > using versions of Ubuntu prior to Dapper.  Again, I am
> > requesting/pleading/hoping against all odds that some Xubuntu (and
> > generally, Ubuntu) developers will look into making this process work
> > again, as it was in the past.  This is in *no way* to insinuate that
> > Xubuntu devs have neglected the platform; indeed, I don't know if anyone
> > expressed an interest, during the past several months of Xubuntu's
> > development, in making distro compatible with these OldWorld Macs, or if
> > any testers were available.  (I should have made myself available.)  In
> > any case, I am hoping my message/request will be considered and taken
> > seriously, and I would be most interested in being able to more easily
> > install Xubuntu, and to help others with getting the distro installed on
> > other OldWorld PowerBook/Power Mac computers.
> The same install routines are used by all the Ubuntu variants, so this
> is not a Xubuntu problem specifically. There's a forum thread on it here:
> http://www.ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-203110.html
> And apparently it's because the SCSI driver is not enabled in the
> kernel. This should have been fixed: have you tried Xubuntu 6.06.1?
> Regards
> john
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