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:
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 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?)
It works fine.
There is a lot of information on the Powerbook G4 12" install HOW-TO by Matthias Schmidt
For Powerbooks manufactured February 2005 on, installation is easier. See this Powerbook G4 12" install HOW-TO
PowerBook 15" Aluminium / Squeeze
Out-of-the-box-Support: Keyboard, USB 2.0, Firewire, Ethernet, Display, Touchpad (use Mouseemu for right click), Sound, Power-Management (Suspend-to-Memory, Display), Function-Keys with On-Screen-Display for brighter/darker-Display and Mute/louder/quieter (KDE/Gnome), DVD/CD-RW
Install MacOS first, because it will erase a GNU/Linux installation. Use Disk-Utility in MacOS to make a partition for debian. Recommendation 5 GB to test, better 10 GB for debian plus Swap-Partition (double amount of RAM).
0. BACKUP data from MacOS-Partition!!
1. Debian Net-Install download: http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/ Recommendation: Testing / Squeeze Installation-CD.
2. Reboot ?PowerBook and press 'c' while or before Apple-Boot-Sound to start from CD.
3. Recommendation: Choose Graphical Installation.
4. You need at least a /-Partition, a swap-Partition and one New-World-Bootblock boot partition for yaboot.
5. Boot-Manager has to be installed in New_World_bootblock.
6. Follow the next hardware-configuration steps. Important: X-Server and Wireless
Just install this package from non-free:
# aptitude install b43-fwcutter
# cat /etc/network/interfaces allow-hotplug wlan0 iface wlan0 inet static address 192.168.2.12 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.2.1 dns-nameservers 22.214.171.124 # opendns.com wpa-ssid 2000AP wpa-psk SecretPassword
Works Out-Of-The-Box in Squeeze / Kernel 2.6.30
2D, 3D acceleration
For ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10] install the following firmware for radeon driver from non-free for 3D-Acceleration, Compositing, etc.
# aptitude install firmware-linux
# cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" Driver "radeon" Option "EnablePageFlip" "on" Option "AccelMethod" "EXA" EndSection Section "Extensions" Option "Composite" "Enable" EndSection
Multimedia-codecs & Tools
Package w32-codecs doesnt exist for PowerPC. Some from non-free
# aptitude install amarok gtkpod gnupod-tools kino ffmpeg libavcodec52 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-nice gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly mjpegtools lame libquicktime1 mencoder mplayer avidemux easytag dvdrip libdvdcss2
See also: InstallingDebianOn/Apple