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so I'm finally installing linux on my old IBM G3 laptop
I tried gentoo
but it did not like the laptop
I'm DL'ing the packages on the old lapy as we post

EDIT: installing arch
and the specks of the lappy are
ati 7500 64mb agp
ibm PowerPC 750FX 800mhz cpu
6xx soum mb of ram
720p lg lcd
32gb imb pata hd
cd/cd-r.dvd dive
dule usb
firewire
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 5/21/11 at 12:09pm
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Arch is good for x86 and x86_64.

I wonder if there is a good selection of packages for PowerPC

Anyways, good luck!
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Quote:
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Arch is good for x86 and x86_64.

I wonder if there is a good selection of packages for PowerPC

Anyways, good luck!
thanks

can't I just compile software from source?
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thanks

can't I just compile software from source?
Yeah you could, but as far as I am concerned, it is a pain to do so, and your laptop would take a long time to compile some of the larger programs.

No need to worry though, it looks like they have a decent collection of programs and games (gnome, xfce and KDE are included too).

http://www.archlinuxppc.org/packages/
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haha my lappy went into power saving mode
stopped the DL of packages
have to start again

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rothen View Post
Yeah you could, but as far as I am concerned, it is a pain to do so, and your laptop would take a long time to compile some of the larger programs.

No need to worry though, it looks like they have a decent collection of programs and games (gnome, xfce and KDE are included too).

http://www.archlinuxppc.org/packages/
cool
wonder how gnome will do on this lappy
the cpu is pretty much an older low end pent 4

probably should not use it tho
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they have fluxbox for ppc
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and openbox
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 3dfxvoodoo View Post
haha my lappy went into power saving mode
stopped the DL of packages
have to start again



cool
wonder how gnome will do on this lappy
the cpu is pretty much an older low end pent 4
I am sure it will run fine. It's only GNOME 2, and if you don't run any major eye candy like Compiz, it should run well. However, if that isn't the case there is xfce and openbox/fluxbox that you could use.

I've been doing a small scan of some of the packages, and you do get a good deal of programs. LibreOffice, abiword and gnumeric for office. Evolution, Thunderbird, and Claws mail for email. Pidgin and empathy for chat. Inkscape and GIMP for image editing. VLC, Mplayer and Totem for video. Of course there is more than just this, I am just comparing to what I have on my system.

What it looks like you can't get (which I use sometimes) is WINE or Virtualbox, but there's an open source visualizer called QEMU which can virtualize Windows if you really need it.
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Use openbox with tint2 that gets pretty low memory usage.
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