2012年9月4日星期二

Installing Lubuntu on iBook G3


Out of nothing, trying to install Lubuntu 12.04 on iBook G3.

It amazed me that this 1999's iBook G3 still could boot and run well with MacOS9 after staying nearly 4-years untouched. On contrast, the motherboard of my old desktop (about bought on 2007) broken 2 month ago after staying half a year unused.

Lubuntu officially provides the iso of liveCD for PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. At first, I download lubuntu-12.04-desktop-powerpc.iso and burn the image with k3b in the lowest speed (10x). However, iBook G3 can't read it at all...

After seeking for some solution, it seems that many old cd-rom can't read the CDs burn with some fancy(?) modern CD burning program like k3b, so I try again with Nero and choose "DAO" (of course, also in the lowest speed), now iBook sometimes can read it.(err...the chance to work is about 15%...)

It took about half an hour or more to boot and enter LXDE. nevertheless, iBook freezed after double-click on install program... Well...So, download lubuntu-12.04-alternate-powerpc.iso (text-based installer, just like the one on Debian, suitable for low-memory system) and try again.

Installing cost about 3 hours, boot loader is Yaboot that I've never heard of. But shit, the whole desktop environment runs extremely slow though LXDE team claimed that LXDE can run on Pentium II 266 MHz/192 MB in a moderate~fast speed...
cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : 740/750
temperature : 47-49 C (uncalibrated)
clock : 366.666663MHz
revision : 131.0 (pvr 0008 8300)
bogomips : 33.28
total bogomips : 33.28
timebase : 16644884
platform : PowerMac
model : PowerBook2,1
machine : PowerBook2,1
motherboard : PowerBook2,1 MacRISC2 MacRISC Power Macintosh
detected as : 64 (iBook (first generation))
pmac flags : 0000000d
L2 cache : 512K unified
pmac-generation : NewWorld
Memory : 192 MB
As a lightweight web browser, Midori is still too fat for this iBook, then I found this:
http://www.compmiscellanea.com/en/lightweight-web-browsers-for-linux.htm

I think NetSurf may be a good choice.However, after some test, NetSurf is still too slow and Dillo cannot support Chinese...Hmmmmm...


Of course, I've try pcmanx-gtk2, but also runs extremely slowly. Fortunately, Pidgin works well and smoothly.

Now I learned that MacOS9.2.2 may be the most lightweight GUI OS I've ever used...(though nowadays it has no usability at all...)

Opening a new LX Terminal takes 6~8 sec...And this is after killing a lot of resources-drained progress like "update-apt-xapi" "update-manager" in tty because ubuntu's redundant and nonsense update-manager always pop up automatically, drained all the resources and freeze the whole system.

In conclusion, do not trying install Lubuntu on the first generation iBook G3...

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