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Before starting off on this journey, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I had installed Ubuntu on my (crappy and old) desktop myself with no problems, so I didn’t see why installing it on a laptop would be any different. It wasn’t until I announced my intention that Paul wondered where I had found a PowerPC version of Ubuntu.

Power what now? I should have realized: it’s a Mac. I was planning on installing off of one of the many Live CDs we have hanging around and upgrading to Hardy Heron.

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Adobe doesn’t support Flash on PowerPCs. I’m not sure if this will change now that Yellow Dog can be/is being installed on PS3s.

I have gnash installed, but it doesn’t work for everything (Youtube is right out). Apparently, you can do a bunch of stuff to view it on your computer, but I have no idea what that’s all about. I’m going to look into this tommorrow and see what I can do. According to the gnash page:

Why doesn’t Gnash work with YouTube?
It sure does! Make sure you’ve got the right Gstreamer codecs installed or ffmpeg.

So the Xubuntu install is gone. Critical parts of my desktop kept crashing (Thunar), and neither Paul or I could find a fix for it. So off we went in search of something else. I quickly found out that my only options were Mandriva, which I’ve used before as a Live CD on my desktop, Debian, and Yellow Dog Linux.

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I have successfully installed Xubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 on Paul’s old 12″ iBook G4. Thank goodness he added more RAM when he bought it; I think there’s about 600mb rather than the factory-installed 256.

Let me tell you how much I hate everything to do with PowerPCs; I didn’t even know what they were until this afternoon.

Things went rather smoothly considering at the beginning I couldn’t get the Live CD to boot (you have to hold down “c” during the boot up sequence: who knew), and I have to type in esoteric commands during the boot up.

There are still a number of things that need to be tweaked (booting directly into Xubuntu would be nice), and apparently Flash doesn’t work on the PPC version of Intrepid Ibex; but I now have a pretty decent netbook! Sure, it’s a little slow, and the battery is toast, but these are things that can either be fixed or lived with. Besides, I don’t have a spare $1200 lying around for that Dell XPS that I’ve had my eye on, anyways.