I have had a Mac G5 for about a year now. I call it my HackinTOS. I like having two 64-bit CPUs chugging away to edit audio. It has been a great beast but the Debian Squeeze on it has ended it’s support life. It is time to wipe it and upgrade. I know there are not too many of these machines around anymore but, based on the forum posts I have read, I imagine there are many who have had a “fun time” getting the machines to submit to Linux. I thought I might share how to do so. While I admit, I am a tad of a two-bit hack, I feel that I have some knowledge on this matter.
Before you do anything, back up all of your files. If you do install Debian as I describe below, you are going to be erasing and re-writing you hard drive.
In this post I will cover:
- Getting my display to work with a Nividia GeForce 5200 Ultra graphics card
- Installing the XFCE desktop environment
- Installing some extra packages via synaptic
- Adding additional repositories
- Getting Synergy to start on login
- Automatically logging in when I hit the power button (failed)
- Getting the sound card to work
- Assigning keys to open and close the CD/DVD tray