[rescue] Linus on PowerBook 1400 (was: Announcement from Sun)

Geoffrey S. Mendelson gsm at mendelson.com
Sun Jan 30 16:50:11 CST 2005

On Sun, Jan 30, 2005 at 11:14:56PM +0100, Joost van de Griek wrote:
> On 2005-01-26 18:23, William Enestvedt wrote:
> > (For example, I wish I could run a BSD or Linux on my PowerBook
> > 1400, but I can't so I'm going to find someone to give it to.)
> Says who? My friend Peter runs his web site on a PowerBook 1400 running
> Debian Linux: <http://www.petrvz.net/>

The two big problems are that the 1400 is a NUBUS type macintosh, so the
latest PPC distributions don't include kernels for it and it maxes out
at 64m of ram.

If you get the correct kernel, have a big enough hard disk and choose your
GUI carefuly, it will run fine. 

The other gotcha is the card slots are 5 volt PCMCIA (16 bit) not 3.3
volt 32 bit CARDBUS.

Another posibility would be to get a kernel for the Ubuntu linux live CD
you would load the kernel from a MacOS partition and then run off of the
CD. Not exactly a battery saver, but you would not need the 2-3 gig of
space YellowDog requires.


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