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Lubuntu on an old PPC



First let me thank you for all the work you and your team do on Lubuntu-I am a big fan! I have installed it on many old computers and it performs well! I also love how it can be easily customized to one's liking.

Here are a couple of screenshots of Lubuntu 12.04 (I installed some icon and Openbox themes as well as Docky) running on a Powermac G4 7400 512 mb ram. Its usable and while it does have some issues, I'm sure I will be able to sort them out. It was more of a proof of concept as I was given several old PPC powermacs and wanted to see if I could get them to run something other than OS X before saying goodbye to them.

But I am disappointed by the lack of PPC support-they are old computers people like to keep. Its mainly the issue with the old ATI rage Pro 128 cards which is slowing down the install and keeping it from running optimally (it should, in my opinion, run at least as well as OS X Tiger does and, in fact, should run faster). While there seems to be a fix out there that Debian still maintains, Ubuntu dropped support for the PPC some time ago and I had trouble compiling the necessary files for installation on the powermac. I'm sure I will sort it out eventually but its clearly not for the novice.

I wonder if there might be a way to maintain a Lubuntu repo for these old PPC computers, since Lubuntu is great for older hardware.

Anyway, I would be happy to work with you all on any PPC issues-I have a lot of spare time as I am physically disabled, thus I spend a lot of time at home.

Thanks again!


PS Wrote this on an HP Pavilion Athlon 64 X2 running Lubuntu 14.04 :)

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