Sigh, Linux on the iMac is horrible
I think I am giving up on getting Linux on my old iMac. Okay, I had Suse 10.1 running, but considering the good reviews for OpenSuse 10.2 I decided to upgrade the whole shebang. Â As usual, it took some time for the basic install to finish (two hours) and -as expected- the Xserver was not configured properly. Well, I was prepared for that one since it is a constant nuisance with all Linux installs on the iMac. I had the former xorg.conf file at hand and with the use of Vi I entered the correct settings.
Nothing!Â Zip!Â Nada!Â TheyÂ didÂ notÂ workÂ anymore.Â AfterÂ fiddlingÂ andÂ lookingÂ aroundÂ forÂ twoÂ hours I decided to call it quits. I stil can not understand why the PPC distributions have problems with identifying the proper hardware (quite a limited range compared to for instance the x86 versions).
TheÂ secondÂ problemÂ -Â aÂ repetitionÂ ofÂ SuseÂ 10.1,Â onlyÂ nowÂ IÂ didÂ notÂ lookÂ carefullyÂ enough-Â wasÂ that yaboot does not add Mac OSX to the menu. Sigh, now I have to figure out how to boot into Mac OSX again. Horrible. I am considering formatting the whole harddrive again and use it all for Mac OS X only and fill it up with open source software.