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For Powerbooks manufactured February 2005 on, installation is easier. See this [http://www.sharealike.org/index.php?m=200503 Powerbook G4 12" install HOW-TO]

This page describes the status of the Debian Port for ["PowerPC"].

Older models work without any problem.

The new model have some issues to be solved:

1. iBook G4

There are some howtos to install Debian on it:

We need to merge them in this wiki, with updated info ;-)

Sleep-to-RAM just works. Benjamin Herrenschmidt has published the 7th patch which can be downloaded from the [mailing list http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/12/msg00177.html ]. The associated kernel is currently [http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-2.6.9.tar.bz2 2.6.9]

Sleep-to-disk does work with 2.6 kernels.

Second head out

There is a patch for OpenFirmware which enables the second head of the Radeon iBooks. Read the info [http://www.rutemoeller.com/mp/ibook/ibook_e.html here]

One button mouse

On iBook G4, editing mouse.sh with

echo 0x61 > /proc/sys/dev/mac_hid/mouse_button2_keycode echo 0x64 > /proc/sys/dev/mac_hid/mouse_button3_keycode echo 1 > /proc/sys/dev/mac_hid/mouse_button_emulation

makes the Fn-CTRL and Fn-ALT combinations behave as a middle and right button.

2. PowerBook 15"

Airport Extreme

It does not work and probably it will never work. It uses a Broadcom chipset and information has not been disclosed to create an Open Source driver.

Sleep-to-RAM

As of Nov 2, 2004, a working patch exists for 2.6.9 kernel, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/10/msg00438.html.

2D, 3D acceleration

?

Videoprojection (TV out?)

A working patch for 2.6 kernel exists, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/09/msg00102.html. Julien Blache writes (http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2005/01/msg00190.html) that this patch works only on Rage 128 chipsets (see output of lspci). (However, I have Mobility Radeon 9600 M10 and it works.)

Bluetooth

It works fine.

keyboard backlight

You have to add i2c-dev support and ic-keywest. The download and compile lmud http://waterwave.ch/weblog/stuff/lmud-0.01.tar.gz Read http://waterwave.ch/weblog/stuff/lmud-0.01.tar.gz

3. PowerBook 12"

There is a lot of information on the [http://www.mathematik.uni-marburg.de/~schmidtm/apple/ Powerbook G4 12" install HOW-TO] by Matthias Schmidt

Also [http://www.formorer.de/view.php/page/Powerbook here]

For Powerbooks manufactured February 2005 on, installation is easier. See this [http://www.sharealike.org/index.php?m=200503 Powerbook G4 12" install HOW-TO]