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:
There are some howtos to install Debian on it:
[http://seb.france.free.fr/linux/ibookG4/iBookG4-howto.html English one ]
[http://bulma.net/body.phtml?nIdNoticia=2011 Spanish one ]
[http://www.twolife.org/debian/ibook.php French one]
We need to merge them in this wiki, with updated info
Sleep-to-RAM just works with all kernel >= 2.6.13 out of the box (I think is was 2.6.13...just use the latest, It'll work)
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.
It works, using the bcm43xx (reverse engineered) driver. Use at least 2.6.17 kernel.
As of Nov 2, 2004, a working patch [http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/10/msg00438.html exists] for 2.6.9 kernel.
2D, 3D acceleration
The video cards are suspected to be manufactured by ?"Nvidia" (unconfirmed, but this hase been seen on Apple Power PC Desktop computers). The Nvidia series of cards do not currently support open source 3D acceleration, however 2D functionality is provided and a proprietary 3D driver is available for Nvidia series cards.
Videoprojection (TV out?)
A working patch for 2.6 kernel [http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/09/msg00102.html exists]. [http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2005/01/msg00190.html 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.
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]