Cool PowerPC Setup


#1

What would be a cool PowerPC setup?
I would not mind getting a Power PC.


#2

PowerPCs running Ubuntu MATE will mainly be the older Apple Macintosh computers (pre-2006), like the iMac G3, G4, G5, iBook and PowerBook series.

So… are you saying old Apple computers are cool? :wink:


#3

I like a lot of technology. G4’s and G5’s are some I missed out on. I do like Mac Intosh. PPC is something I would like to try.


#4

Be prepared to do some repair work.


#5

Thanks, I will have to keep that in mind.
I want a PPC Amiga, but they cost too much.


#6

I wonder how many here are using PPC. Did Macs max out at Dual G5 quad core?


#7

Yes, Quad core (2x2core CPUs) was top end G5 powemac.

If you want something not water-cooled, a dual 2.3 GHz (2x1core CPUs) is your best bet.

Put an X800XT or X850XT in it and some SSD SATA drive and you’re set.


#8

Oh - and seeing the performance on G4 (except for 1.5Ghz +), you should get such a G5, if you want to work with Mate on it


#9

I think is pretty cool to be running a 2017 O/S on a 2005 G5 (dual core 2.3Ghz/16Gb RAM & SSD) - performance is surprisingly good (for every day tasks) - Only issue was having to use the original nVidia 6600 card instead of my FX4500..


#10

I agree - Running a 2017 OS on a 2005-PowerMac is pretty awesome!

I have my G5 hooked up in my living room as a multimedia machine. I first ran Debain Jessie 8 on it with KDE, then switched to Ubuntu MATE. It runs way more efficient than the OS X which was installed when I bought it. Sucks that we probably won't see any future distros for PowerPC. Guess that SUSE or BSD might continue to support the architecture.