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 ]. The associated kernel is currently [ 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 [ here]

One button mouse

On iBook G4, editing 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.


As of Nov 2, 2004, a working patch exists for 2.6.9 kernel, see

2D, 3D acceleration


Videoprojection (TV out?)

A working patch for 2.6 kernel exists, see Julien Blache writes ( 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 Read

3. PowerBook 12"

There is a lot of information on the [ Powerbook G4 12" install HOW-TO] by Matthias Schmidt

Also [ here]