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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. It works, using the bcm43xx (reverse engineered) driver. Use at least 2.6.17 kernel.

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 works, using the bcm43xx (reverse engineered) driver. Use at least 2.6.17 kernel.


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.)


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]