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:
[http://seb.france.free.fr/linux/ibookG4/iBookG4-howto.html English one ]
[Spanish one http://bulma.net/body.phtml?nIdNoticia=2011 ]
[ French one http://www.twolife.org/debian/ibook.php ]
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
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"
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 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.
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]