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Introduction

Apple make nice shiny computers as we all know, and this extends into their laptop range. Coupled with this is the fantastic 4 hour battery life you can squeeze out of them makes them an excellent laptop.

Now it probably won't take you long unti OSX starts getting on your nerves and you'll want to install linux on it, so here's my experience.

Distro's

Gentoo

I started off using Gentoo there's a great tutorial here (http://www.desertsol.com/~kevin/ppc/) and here (http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Install_Gentoo_on_an_Apple_iBook) on how to get Gentoo on to your iBook.


Unfortunately, despite recent developments (http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-409194.html) I didn't manage to get wifi working under it.

Ubuntu

I'd heard good things about Ubuntu and so thought I'd give the latest dapper testing release a try. After following the instructions for Apple firmware extraction from here (http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Install_Gentoo_on_an_Apple_iBook) it all worked!! Amazing!

What doesn't work

Ok here's the bad news, PPC architectures are generally being phased out and Linux isn't quite the mainstream product we'd all like it to be. Short story shorter: you're part of two minorities - that makes you a tiny minority.

  • Flash - well there's no official version but you can try libflash, which can do the visual stuff but the sounds is junk.
  • RealPlayer - once again no official version, but you can try the Helix project (though I can't build it under Ubuntu and it segfaults firefox every now and again)
  • MPlayer - well forget all the windows DLL cleverness that's not going to work but otherwise it's ok.

There are probably more, but I can't think of them right now :)


--Bluemonki 22:58, 25 Apr 2006 (BST)