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Offline Rebecca Francesca

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Installation of Linux on imacG5
« on: July 27, 2020, 01:04:05 pm »
I have an iMac G5. The Hardware overview says it is: PowerMac8,2. PowerPC G5. It has 512 MB RAM.

I would like to install a Linnux system on this computer. What system should I use.?

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Re: Installation of Linux on imacG5
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2020, 01:43:44 pm »
Hello Rebecca - welcome to the Forum.

Have a look at https://www.quora.com/Which-is-the-linux-distribution-best-suitable-for-512-MB-RAM-laptop?share=1 which recommends particularly Lubuntu and Puppy.

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Re: Installation of Linux on imacG5
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 07:54:04 am »
Hi Rebecca - a Google search re: upgrading your model suggests it's possible to increase RAM to 2.5GB if you have the know-how.  See here -

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/faq_g5/imac-g5-processor-upgrade-ram-and-hard-drive-upgrade-pci-slots.html

and here -

https://lowendmac.com/2016/getting-the-most-out-of-your-imac-g5

Though lightweight Linux OS's will run successfully on little RAM, it's never a bad idea to have more RAM if you can.  This will benefit you if you decide in future to go for a more 'heavyweight' (ie: more features) distro or if you install additional software to the basic set up.  ;)

If you need help in installing your distro of choice, please post again.

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