On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Britt Dodd <brittman914(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Is there any particular reason why this is the case? The LiveCD
doesn't even work. I have three G4 machines, and I wouldn't mind
building some of the things needed for F16 on ppc32 (G4), but in order
to get more usage on F16 on ppc32, at least the LiveCD needs to work.
If you mean reasons why there was little attention paid, it's mostly because
the people doing all the work all have ppc64 machines only. A handful of
32-bit boots were done, but things didn't work very well and the priority was
on 64-bit machines. So much so that the default package arch on 64-bit
machines is ppc64, which is a departure from the ppc-on-64-bit userspace that
was carried for several years.
If you mean reasons why there is a 768MB memory requirement, it's likely
because the installer's memory requirements have grown to such. It used to be
1GB or higher, so at least some effort went into reducing the requirement.
As for the LiveCD, I personally don't remember that ever working on PowerPC
but I will admit my usage of it would have been non-existent. You might try
the boot.iso (also called netinstall.iso or something?) to get a simple CD
sized image to play with.
Right now, for me, the best option is gentoo on G4 -- which
be good for a desktop system.
I thought Debian also had a PowerPC port that was somewhat looked after.