PowerPC G5, dual 2GHz CPUs, 1.5GB RAM
I am no stranger to installing Gentoo, but I have questions that don't appear
to be answered in the PPC64 handbook. I am waiting for a new SATA drive here,
and when it arrives I intend to install Gentoo on it. A few Qs:
1. OS X is on the first sata drive, Gentoo will be on the second. Is it still
necessary to create the 'apple_bootstrap' partition if Gentoo will be on its
own complete disk?
2. If I follow the PPC64 guide does this give me the 64bit userland? If so, is
there enough (hard) unmasked software to use this as a general desktop
machine? Is all software in the package database marked stable under PPC64
64bit userland software? Can I mix and match PPC32 and PPC64 software? Any
and all information on this issue would be most helpful, as I don't think I
completely understand it (I don't have an x86-64 machine so I am mostly
ignorant of 64bit issues).
3. I have the 23 inch Cinema display and a ATI Radeon 9600 Pro vidcard. Are
there drivers that can make this setup work? I ask because I booted the
machine with a Kubuntu PPC livecd to play around and while the cli worked,
when it came time for X to start the screen went black and I was forced to do
a hard reset. I am not sure if this was just a problem with Kubuntu, or some
other reason. I am not too concerned with hardware acceleration or anything,
at most I just want to be able to watch DVDs.
Apropos, if any one has the same, or a similar setup I would love if you could
send me your xorg.conf.
Again, I am very familiar with Gentoo, but have little knowledge of PPC
hardware and 64 bit issues...pointers to docs that explain differences and
ramification on this topic would be great.
Thanks for consideration.
darren kirby :: Part of the problem since 1976 :: http://badcomputer.org
"...the number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected..."
- Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, June 1972
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