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From: darren kirby <bulliver@×××××××××××.org>
To: gentoo-ppc-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-ppc-user] Installing Gentoo on a Powermac G5
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 20:26:32
Hello all,

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 ::
"...the number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected..."
- Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, June 1972
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Re: [gentoo-ppc-user] Installing Gentoo on a Powermac G5 David Gurvich <david.gurvich@×××××××.net>
Re: [gentoo-ppc-user] Installing Gentoo on a Powermac G5 Joseph Jezak <josejx@g.o>