Paladin of the Pegasos
Posts: 1045 from 2013/5/24
I do run Linux on the G5. The situation with Xorg-/drm-/Mesa-bugs got a little better over the last 2 years. My G5 (+ Radeon 9800 Mac Edition) is able to run now X with correct colors and a 2D-accelerated desktop. Firefox works fine too.
However you need a recent toolchain (gcc 7) and software stack for this. No problem on Gentoo which I run, but it is more or less a problem on other distros.
Ubuntu PPC got ditched, 16.04 LTS is the last supported version. Debian PPC ports may be recent enough. There is also openSUSE Tumbleweed for ppc64 (klick
). Last time I tried, the iso successfully booted on my G5.
Thanks Ernst. I'll have a look at SuSE. I used 5.2 up to 10 but switched to Debian and Ubuntu.
I have a vague memory of trying the ppc64 Tumbleweed iso a while back and it not booting though.
1.67GHz 15" PowerBook G4, 1GB RAM, 128MB Radeon 9700M Pro, 64GB SSD, MorphOS 3.9
2.7GHz DP G5, 4GB RAM, 512MB Radeon X1950 Pro, OSX 10.5.8, 500GB SSHD, MorphOS 3.9