This page describes the status of the Debian Port for PowerPC. Older models work without any problem.The new models have some issues to be solved
- iBook G4
- PowerBook 15"
- PowerBook 12"
- PowerBook 15" Aluminium / Squeeze
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
# cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : 7447A, altivec supported clock : 1333.333000MHz revision : 1.1 (pvr 8003 0101) bogomips : 73.47 timebase : 18432000 platform : PowerMac model : PowerBook5,4 machine : PowerBook5,4 motherboard : PowerBook5,4 MacRISC3 Power Macintosh detected as : 287 (PowerBook G4 15") pmac flags : 0000001b L2 cache : 512K unified pmac-generation : NewWorld Memory : 1280 MB
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/Volume Up/Down (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) and one New-World-Bootblock (mine has 16.2 MB).
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 (mine has 16.2 MB).
5. Boot-Manager has to be installed in New_World_bootblock.
6. Follow the next hardware-configuration steps. Important: X-Server and Wireless
Wireless - Airport Extreme
Just install this package from contrib:
# aptitude install firmware-b43-installer
# 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 188.8.131.52 # opendns.com wpa-ssid 2000AP wpa-psk SecretPassword
See also bcm43xx.
X-Server - 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-nonfree
# 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 and deb-multimedia.org
# 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