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My brother is giving me a G4 Mac from his work. I was just curious what was the best OS to load on it? I dont think the latest OSX is compatible, or is it? Also, what programs are available to check for hardware faults?

Update: June 24th

I finally have some pics of the computers.

G4:








G5 Mac (it has dual 2.0Ghz CPUs):







I must admit, the build quality of the G5 is amazing!
Edited by ericeod - 6/24/08 at 10:08pm
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OS X 10.4 Tiger should be able to run on it. You could also try the PowerPC version of Ubuntu.
 
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OS X 10.4 Tiger should be able to run on it. You could also try the PowerPC version of Ubuntu.
Thanks, I'll definitely look into ubuntu. I never realized the cross platform diversity of the OS.
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Tiger 10.4 will work. Leopard will as well. I can help you get it working if you like. It's not "officially supported," but there are things you can do to get it to install.

Then there are PPC versions of Linux. I was downloading Fedora, and I noticed there was a PPC version of Fedora.

http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora

Suse (my distro of choice) also has a PPC version. That's interesting, because if I recall correctly, back when I started with Linux on Suse 10.0, there was no PPC version.

http://software.opensuse.org/

Then there are other distros you can look at. But if you ask me, Tiger or Leopard are better
post #5 of 29
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Update...

My brother just brought it over and I found out it is a G4 Mac. The HDD was going out, so the tech department decided to throw it out as they ahve a bunch of new Macs inbound. So all it needs is a HDD.
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Everything stated above should still apply, except Leopard (10.5) is officially supported on G4s. You won't have to do disk hacking to get 10.5 to install on a G4.

Just for the reference, bootcamp won't work on a PPC Mac, and nor will VirtualBox (virtualization software.)
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Everything stated above should still apply, except Leopard (10.5) is officially supported on G4s. You won't have to do disk hacking to get 10.5 to install on a G4.

Just for the reference, bootcamp won't work on a PPC Mac, and nor will VirtualBox (virtualization software.)

Thanks for the update!
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any photos/screenshots please?
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any more macs they are "throwing out"? nice deal. i had a g4 laptop and loved it (i had the logic board issues though, so i had to stop using it)
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Everything stated above should still apply, except Leopard (10.5) is officially supported on G4s.
It won't run on all G4s. Only on a G4 867MHz or above.
 
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