On 2/28/19 10:47 AM, David Faure wrote:
I'm trying to install tumbleweed ppc64 onto an old Mac G5 for a friend (completely replacing the old OS X on the machine). The install (from a DVD-RW) actually went fine... but I can't boot into it. All I see on boot is the finder icon alternating with a "?", like it can't find any boot partition or boot code. The installer did create a "PowerPC PreP boot" partition on /dev/sda1, but somehow the ?BIOS? doesn't find it?
Do you have any hints as to what might be wrong, and/or how to debug this?
My PowerBook G5 is a 32-bit processor. Is the desktop version 64-bit?
Selecting a distro for the 32-bit units is not easy. Given my natural inclinations and prejudices, I tried everything I could to get anything but Ubuntu to work. Initially, Mint worked, but its PPC version was dropped. I thus ended up running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It works fine for what I do, which is generate modern kernels to test for bugs. Most PPC development is done for 64-bit systems, and it is not always correct for PPC32. Over the last 3 years, I have detected about 1 bug per year that causes a boot failure. I seldom can determine the fix, but at least I am able to bisect to the bad commit.
If you decide to go the Ubuntu route, write me privately, and I will give you some additional pointers.