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#1 2016-06-23 00:28:56

Horizon_Brave
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Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Hey everyone,

I have some extra loot right now, and I always wanted to play around with, and get an older computer with the PowerPC chipset.  And when I say "always" I mean after I found out that the Mar Rover curiosity makes use of a modified  PPC cpu. (PPC 750)



Anyway, I was just curious (no pun) if anyone runs any computer that uses the PowerPC design, to run Debian/Bunsen? I know Debian has a kernel image kitted for the PPC. If you guys have experience with it, what computer/hardware was it that you ran?  I was thinking of getting an older Apple...


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#2 2016-06-23 06:27:09

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Horizon_Brave wrote:

Mar Rover curiosity makes use of a modified  PPC cpu. (PPC 750)

Really? How fascinating smile

I think you should post this over at forums.debian.net -- @oswaldkelso runs Debian on a PPC.

Also:
https://wiki.debian.org/DebianOnPowerPC
https://wiki.debian.org/PowerPC/FAQ

Note that failure to consult these documents before posting on the Debian forums may lead to heavy flaming big_smile

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#3 2016-06-23 17:48:09

Horizon_Brave
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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Horizon_Brave wrote:

Mar Rover curiosity makes use of a modified  PPC cpu. (PPC 750)

Really? How fascinating smile

Yea! Check it out, it's obviously modified for hmm oh that small matter of space travel, and survivability on a cold desolate planet for years of constant running..

Curiosity Runs on a PowerPC

And thanks for the links, will do some reading


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#4 2016-09-04 14:04:01

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Just wondering about this. I am currently installing Debian Jessie on a PowerMac G5. Is there a way to set it up by just adding the repository as per https://www.bunsenlabs.org/installation … ory-method ? Are there binaries in the bunsenlabs repository for PowerPC?

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#5 2016-09-04 14:11:20

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Actually I just found this:

https://github.com/BunsenLabs/bunsen-netinstall

Should I just install a CLI system and try this?

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#6 2016-09-04 14:31:09

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

RogerH wrote:

Actually I just found this:

https://github.com/BunsenLabs/bunsen-netinstall

Should I just install a CLI system and try this?

Some of our scripts make use of the program yad which is currently available for powerpc only in Debian testing and unstable, so some BL things won't work if you install that way (although the method itself should work just fine). I could however crosscompile yad for ppc (we have an armhf crossbuild anyway). Which Debian PPC architecture do you need: powerpc powerpcspe ppc64 ppc64el?


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#7 2016-09-04 14:44:40

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

It's a PowerMac G5 with a dual PPC970FX processor. I'm not sure if that's powerpc or ppc64.

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#8 2016-09-04 14:50:17

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Ah, just checked, the architecture is powerpc. I'll try the script. Thanks!

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#9 2016-09-04 15:09:33

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Turns out that debootstrapping a fakeroot for cross-compiling with powerpc target fails for some obscure reason, without a clear error message. I need some time to debug the problem, so unfortunately I won't be uploading a powerpc yad build today but sometime during the next days, depending how much time I can spent on this.


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#10 2016-09-06 11:37:06

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

Horizon_Brave wrote:

....

Anyway, I was just curious (no pun) if anyone runs any computer that uses the PowerPC design, to run Debian/Bunsen? ....

I used to run Debian on a 15" PowerMac aluminum G4 laptop; it was made the year after the titanium version. It was Debian Lenny back then. It ran OK; there was even an application called Mac-on-Linux that ran on top of Lenny.


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#11 2016-09-06 14:50:46

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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

twoion wrote:

Turns out that debootstrapping a fakeroot for cross-compiling with powerpc target fails for some obscure reason, without a clear error message. I need some time to debug the problem, so unfortunately I won't be uploading a powerpc yad build today but sometime during the next days, depending how much time I can spent on this.

No rush at all, this machine is going back into storage for the time being as I shuffle around some things. Thanks!

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#12 2016-09-06 17:06:20

twoion
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Re: Anyone Install on a PowerPC?

RogerH wrote:

No rush at all, this machine is going back into storage for the time being as I shuffle around some things. Thanks!

I won't be uploading a powerpc yad build today but sometime during the next days few weeks

Duly noted!


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