Ubuntu 12.04 Mac PowerBook G4 PowerPC
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2015-10-22: I got Lubuntu 14.04 working on that PowerBook G4, read more details at Ubuntu Forums discussion.
Copied here from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2294789&page=2&p=13360635#post13360635 after I got it working.
First I downloaded Ubuntu PowerPC alternative install, installed in text mode, setup static IP because my DHCP didn't work. I did setup partitions as they were from previous install, dual boot with Mac OS X.
Then I started in boot menu l = linux, and then "Linux single nomodeset" to get to console.
I installed all updates.
To get ssh access for doing copy-paste commands easier, I did install ssh and start it (it's not started automatically on single user mode):
sudo apt-get install ssh
sudo service ssh start
Compile instructions for nv module are here:
I think source is originally from here:
Anyway, I have previously downloaded source files as working backup here, with compiled deb package:
And here is just the compiled deb package, that works as of today:
After installing deb package, add xorg settings to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I got this info from here:
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
There add this text:
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
Viewport 0 0
Then blacklist nouveau driver:
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf
And add there at beginning of list add:
To install WLAN drivers:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43legacy-installer
And boot with l = Linux, and Enter (no boot options)
BTW, if you get black screen when booting in graphical mode, it means that login screen may be visible, so just write your: username TAB password ENTER to continue booting. But anyway, this is not necessary when NV driver is installed correctly.