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Debian on 68k??!! WTF!!??

Has anyone ever heard of someone running this:

http://www.debian.org/ports/m68k/

I saw the link, but did not believe it, but it certainly looks legit!

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Joined: 2010 Apr 10

Why don’t you believe it? Debian for m68k is there since 1998.

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Debian runs on so many archs. Now officially both Linux and BSD. There's even a very interesting port by Nexenta to the Solaris kernel for storage applications.

It really is the universal operating system. I run it on all my servers. Love it.

As for running it on a Mac, I think only few models and no emulator work.

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Debian 5 is the last release for the mac68k platform. It will likely go out of support early next year.

It worked great, but doing anything in a modern desktop with that vintage of CPU is slow. Fifteen minutes (or more) to start the window manager, or a browser, or generate an ssh key, etc.

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I have always enjoyed NetBSD on macs, both power and 68k.

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@themacmeister:

Has anyone ever heard of someone running this:

I loaded Debian (Potato or Woody) onto a Quadra 700 and ran it for a while.
X windows took forever to do anything so the GUI was basically a "proof of concept" rather than usable, I thought, but the CLI was OK.

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I ran Slackintosh 11 on an old G3 blue & white tower. It ran surprisingly well, considering the speed of the processor, amount of RAM, pathetic video card.

I believe I installed XFCE as the WM, and was impressed by its speediness/responsiveness.

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On a G3 Mac, Linux is nice. The better the graphics card the better the GUI part of a distro performs too.

I've run Mandrake, Ubuntu and Yellow Dog on a G3 with good results. My favourite tho' was the now ancient "LinuxPPC 2000 Q4", now that distro was really nice, I thought.