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  1. #1
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    Looking for a better Linux distro for my Mac

    I have a Powerbook G4 PPC running Lubuntu 12.04. Newer versions of Lubuntu don't work. Does anyone know of a linux distro that's more up to date that'll work on this laptop? Thanks.

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    Have you tried debian?
    Have a look at distrowatch to see what distributions are available for the PPC.

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    Updates for Debian PPC ended a long time ago.

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    ubuntu or mint

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    Hi, I'm super late replying to this (haven't logged in in nearly 8 years!) but this stuck out for me.

    You'll find Debian PPC is definitely still alive and officially supported:

    http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...werpc/iso-dvd/

    In fact I changed to Debian PPC after mainstream Ubuntu PPC support ended:

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerPCDownloads

    Similarly MintPPC exists, but doesn't look very official:

    http://mintppc.org/

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    An of the top thought on this problem.. Maybe you need to totally erase the mac hard drive for anything to install on it..?
    Apple and windows sometimes have nasty things in them that prevent competition installs at the start...

    You erase a hard drive by running it in a regular notebook using 'DBAN autonuke'.. Pull the hard drive, insert it into a pc notebook, run 'DBAN's autonuke' (without any external media devices in the USB slots), put it back into the mac, and try to install Linux Mint Mate 20..

    I searched for a mac substitute.. I downloaded "mintyMac-1.5-Mate ISO", but I haven't tried it yet, but that would be my first guess...

    If it works out for you, you might want to install 'Portmaster Firewall' and 'Librewolf'..
    Last edited by Demanding Truth; 04-12-2024 at 08:08 PM.

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