Re: ubuntu for b/w g3
- From: hugh_j <wildpoppy@invalid>
- Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 21:36:48 +0100
In article <469bc45f$0$31720$db0fefd9@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, hugh_j wrote:It seems that as in life everyone has a different experience.Well, I suppose text only would be considered a screen ;) I do
I definitely don't like the sound of no display at all, but surely at least there would be an 640x480 window set at a jaunty angle in one corner of the screen, something to work on.
Still hoping for a plug and play linux. Possibly there is no such animal. Hmm. Thanks for that narrative B'ichela.
know that the knoppix for PPC does work in graphical mode. Slackintosh
works (by default, it only uses text mode, until you configure x.org
(why do they call it that instead of XFree86 is beyond me)). Debian
(which all of the ubuntu distros are based on.) starts out in text
mode. same type of setup issues with x.org as Slackware. with my built
in ATI graphics controller it can be difficult to get it working.
If you are used to using xf86conf or xf86config on the PC side
of Linux, you may find you have to tweak the settings for the mac.
Easiest is to fire up knoppix PPC version. set up your HDs and copy
the xorg.conf file from /etc/X11 to a thumb drive and copy it into
your new system. Thats what I did. I also took the time to really look
at that file. Ugly, nasty little beast with millions of commented
lines, that helped some in getting it working better for me.
Being I am visually impaired no GUI at startup isn't a major
deal as long as I can easily get things working.
Problem with the unbuntus is that they seem to have decided
that they needed to do things in graphics mode. they didn't have a
text option. and possibly because I only had 192MB of ram the systems
got indigestion and couldn't move. Definlaty stuff that mac with as
much ram as you can. You mentioned you had 640MB. you should be OK
then. I still strongly suggest the knoppix for the PPC. as it ran OK
with only 192MB of ram. Being I was originally mainly a Slackware
user, I liked slackintosh 11.0, but fastest way to get GUI going, with
slackintosh, was to use the knoppix xorg.conf file as I mentioned above.
I see what you mean now. I thought at first that you meant that linux wouldn't recognise the monitor at all calling for some inspirational keyboard trickery to sort it.
The only unix I've done is some tampering with the Terminal to get sendmail and pine and apache to do the biz on a beige g3. I don't mind a good .conf file if I have a couple of hours to spare, but the only real benefit to this is the sense of achievement. Nothing is actually achieved.
What seems to be happening is that whenever I am called upon to do some creative work I decide that it's time to make sure that the machine is in tip-top condition first. This normally takes care of the first 72 hours, and then the rest of the week is taken up with collecting up screws and bezels and taking them out to the shed, sweeping up and rearranging the toolkit and downloading some more garbageware. By then the fever has passed.
If the Linux bug persists I will definitely download knoppix and give it a go. Today's big event was finding a spare ATA slot and stuffing an internal Zip under the CD.
The 640mb includes all the 128's I could pillage from the beige and still leave it one stick to run with. It's the most I've ever had, but it makes no difference to the productive output, which currently stands at none.
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