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Debian on G5

Finally, i've done it. I have Debian GNU/Linux running on my G5. It was an adventure.

I started with this image and selected install-power4-2.6. For some reason it doesn't load the sata_svw kernel module. Did that, performed the hardware check, and was then able to see my partitions. Blew them away, and used the guided scheme which is nice. Installed software, rebooted. Blah.. It install a 2.4 kernel, which doesn't work.

So i figured i'll boot from a Gentoo CD. But in order to burn a CD i need OS X, so i reinstalled that, burned the ISO, then reinstalled Debian.

Finally booted from the Gentoo CD, with a root=/dev/sda3 parameter. I get these messages

 /bin/sh: line 1: /dev/tty1: No such file or directory
Reboot in single user mode and created that device file. It wasn't there after reboot so i created a /etc/rcS.d/S01mknod file to create it on boot.

Then rebuilt the kernel using the G5-SMP .config from Gentoo. Built a debian package and installed that. Reboot and AG (All Good).

Some glitches with X, but worked them out. Installed KDE and here i am on Konqueror!

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Why did you Install Linux on your G5

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I do not understand your motivations for installing Linux on your G5. You?ve replaced one Unix-like operating that is optimized to take full advantage of the hardware (power management, I/O, et cetera) with another Unix-like operating system that is not quite as optimized for the hardware.

On top of that, you?re using an old, archaic windowing system (X11) that uses the CPU to process rendering in favor of a next generation one (Quartz) that delegates all that to the video card. On top of that, you?ve gone from being able to run MacOS X software, Windows software, and any other open source software to being able to run Windows and open source software. I do not understand what you gain. If you really wanted to, you could simple run X11 with a full-screen root window and completely hide Aqua. Explain yourself, DeRocher!

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Preview Needed

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I need a preview function for comments! Argh!

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Quarz and Aqua are not open source

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Small correction: "Linux on G5" or "Linux on Apple". Mac is an OS. You know my primary reason: Quartz and Aqua are not open source.
Optimization of hard ware is not that important to me. Granted X11 is archaic; i want alpha rendering. Very little of my computer use involves 3D (no games). And if it did, i don't need 50 fps. For I/O i think the linux SATA drivers are just fine. I have no interest in running other MacOS X software or other Windows software. My gain: a non-kludgey KDE with 8+ desktops, window shading, Plastik widgets. My gain: the Debian operating system. By that i don't mean GNU/Linux, but i mean all the supporting applications. Debian has a powerful package manager (you don't have anything like that in OS X) which is also integrated with the OSS culture. It's so easy to get the source, make improvements, contribute back to the author, and improve the state of OSS.
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Organization versus Company

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Debian is grassroots, OS X is corporate. (I'll add previews on my TrickleUp To Do list.)
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