Thanks kindly for the replies, much appreciated; I just wanted to add that I read the "how to get your post answered" post . . . partially, I was thinking, wow, this is like one of my posts . . . lots of self-reflection, navel gazing commentary etc, but I want to identify myself as an "End User" type . . . I'm not a hacker, I'm just a GUI guy, although I enjoy watching the command line run "sudo apt update" . . . I'm a User
. . . that's what I do . . . except that in this case there is a confluence of issues that are getting in the way of personal satisfaction in completing this project. : - ))))))
Is this a common problem with wheezy on desktop macs?
I need to hunt for a xorg.conf too.
Try to pick your poison from here: http://mac.linux.be/content/xorgconf-files
If you got a working one make sure to save it very safely.
@nadir: right now the xorg.conf is not the issue, it's the "imac8.txt" file that would be the proper file; the problem is that among other problems, the installation of the OS somehow has broken the ethernet connection so that when I try to run "wget http://mac.linux.be/imac8.txt
" (whatever the exact command is has been well discussed and isn't the problem) the command brings back "file or directory not found" but nothing else is said . . . and the problem after many months is diagnosed as "the ethernet connection is broken" . . . but the "how to fix it" is "reinstall the OS" with some recommendation for using "expert install" in the yaboot command--and then making some choices for installing "SSH" and "rescue" so that it might be easier to repair the installation . . . . And that may be the best or only option, the only deterrent is that finding the 3 to 4 hours of semi-exclusive time is rough, especially after it has failed at least two times . . . and then the other issue is that I have no formal computer education since 38 years ago high school class with the dial-up modem with the phone headset and the IBM punch cards . . . . I've got the basics now in terms of setting up the disk partitions and then running the "apt update" stuff but in terms of having some ideas about how to troubleshoot a problem . . . nothing--I know there is a sources list and I may have been asked to check it in one of my installs . . . and I can run terminal commands if I am either told what to run or where to find the web page that has the options posted etc, etc--but not enough to know how to get to what should be checked first. So, the issue is, could this ethernet issue be reasonably diagnosed and repaired from a TTY shell, and then it might be easy to "wget" the xorg.conf and the problem might be solved?? Is it best to re-install once more the system that I've already used, OR, switch to the base Debian wheezy . . . or is it futile to try to get a Linux OS running on an iMac G4?? One of the posters on my thread who has clearly more knowledge posted what he had to do to get "nv" or "nouveau" running on his iMac and it was a long string of "Linux 1 video=ofonly dvi1, but not dvi2, blacklist this and modprobe that, other stuff, and then other stuff after that" each time he got to the second Yaboot prompt . . . seems too complicated to be practical????
I am not sure if Ubuntu, assuming that is the distro you speak of, does still support ppc (actively).
I don't say using Debian will solve the problem, but if the last sentence is true it might be an idea to switch to Debian
(or Arch, Fedora, BSD-based-ones).
It's not Ubuntu that is the unnamed distro . . . I'm not trying to complain about or flame the distro, just that it hasn't worked on the iMac, but then also none of the LiveDVD's that I tried did either, when the exact same items worked without a problem on my iBook.
on the distro forum and the guy has given up--just saying, "google is your friend . . ."
what a lamer.
Well, he's just one guy and I guess he's figured the "cost/benefit" ratio was exceeded for him??? but it is his distro, so one would think he might be interested?? I do need to educate myself more about Linux, but I've got a lot of other things going on as well, and this little project of getting Linux partitions going on all my machines is basically only to help me move away from the borg-like consumerism of the present mac business model . . . and then learn as I'm using along the way. On the laptops it went cleanly, on the desktop . . . very messy. Another question, the only operator error that I can think of would be that on the iMac I had USB cables for printer and firewire cables for external harddrive plugged in to the computer--**but NOT turned on**--whereas on my two laptops I didn't . . . would that Break an install and cause kernel panics and render the ethernet use-able during installation but afterward . . . busted???