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What's the best Linux distro for Mac Powerbook G3 Lombard?

Hi Experts. I have to migrate from using Fedora Core on i386 to a linux distro on PPC (Powerbook G3 Lombard).
I know that certain distros are more friendly and supportive for specifit laptops (hardware support). I looked at www.penguinppc.org for some tips and found a lot of great information on which distros support PPC. My question is, which distro would be ultimately smooth on Powerbook G3 Lombard? I heard that Mandrake worked really great on Powerbooks. Any ideas? I plan on using this laptop to do some SQL development, Java and maybe even some sound rendering. What's my best bet with a linux distro?

Thanks a lot!!!

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xDamoxCommented:
Hi,

Before you attempt to put i386 on your PPC you need the PPC version of Fedora

http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/core/5/ppc/iso/

Fedora PPC version will run excellently on your PPC machineas its fully design for PPC


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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
Sorry, i think i need to clearify my question. I used to use Fedora Core 4 on HP Pavilion laptop (i386 Fedora).

Now, i not longer have that HP laptop. In stead, i have a Mac Powerbook G3 Lombard with OS 9.2 which i want to remove and install a distribution of PPC linux. The reason i say "a" distribution is because i wanted to know if any particular distribution (not necessarily Fedora Core) was better for my Mac Powerbook G3. I know that there are a lot of PPC distributions that will work on this Powerbook, however, i was wondering if you could suggest the most suitable one for me. I'm new to Linux and have only tried Fedora Core 4 so far. I know that there are PPC versions of Mandrake, CRUX Linux, Yellow Dog, Suse, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora etc... Which PPC Linux distro do you think i should use on my Powerbook G3 Lombard? I want a distro that would be very good at working with Powerbooks hardware out of the box. Like i mentioned before, i read some review on the internet stating that Mandrake is really good with Powerbook hardware, unlike for instance Yellow Dog... Any ideas? Thanks!
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xDamoxCommented:
Hi,

I would suggest Fedora the hardware support in version 5 is awsome, I recommend start off with fedora
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rindiCommented:
There shouldn't be any real difference between the distro's. The main difference is usually the user interface, setup tools etc. But once installed linux should run just as well on all. Maybe a good one could be gentoo, as you install everything from ground up, compiling everything yourself. This would ensure that you get a hand built version that is perfect for your hardware, and you also get to learn a lot about linux. This of course takes a lot of time, too.

http://gentoo.org
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
I got Gentoo PPC universal 2006 version. Checked sums, everything was correct. Tried booting from the CD by pressing "C" at the start up, but nothing works. The machine does not boot to the CD. I read on Gentoo's site that oldworld macs can't load to a CD. I thought that Powerbook G3 Lombard would be considered a Newworld Mac? Am i incorrect? Also, if Lombard is in fact old world mac, then i have to use some BootX or YaBoot. Can you guys help?
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rindiCommented:
Sorry, I barely know what some Macs look like...
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
I know what you are saying. It took me a while to start understanding the difference between the older Powerbook G3s like Pismo, Lombard and Wall Street... PPC is the whole new world to me and i think it's going to be a rewarding one. I hear a lot that Mandrake works really well and fast on G3s. I think i am going to get together with some people in my local LUG (Linux User Group) that i just discovered. Thanks for your reply Rindi. I will still consider Gentoo.
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rindi, i am going to go for Gentoo. I got a ISO and burned it onto a disk. I have to figure out now what kind of bookloader to use BootX or Quik. My machine is old and won't work with Yaboot.
Thanks again!
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rindiCommented:
your welcome
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