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Dear all,

Basically i want to run OpenSolaris on my iMac G5 does any one know how i can set this up with out VMware.

I have partitioned the drive with one Mac OS X Partition and the other part just free space for the OpenSolaris to format.

The first problem i have is that i cannot boot from the OpenSolaris i have any reason why?

Lyon
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You can't run Solaris or OpenSolaris directly on your imac g5, as there is no Solaris or OpenSolaris  for PPC CPU's, which the g5 is based on.
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Okay, Is there a possibility of running OpenSUSE on my iMac G5?

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Lyon
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Yes, there is a version for PowerPC of OpenSUSE. Just make sure you get that version and not those for 32bit or 64bit Intel PC's.
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Okay thanks!

Is there any other Linux OS that would run on my iMac G5?

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Lyon
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There are quite a few. Just always look for PPC or PowerPC, those should work on the G5. You can check on the distrowatch site and then use a search there. As search filter you can  select your architecture.

http://distrowatch.com
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