About Linux MintPPC

MintPPC is a Linux distribution for 32 and 64 bits PowerPC computers which is based on Linux Mint LXDE, ported to Debian/PPC. The idea behind MintPPC is to have a fast good looking lightweight desktop manager, which runs well on older G3, G4 and G5 machines. MintPPC is directed to desktop users who want a very fast system without the need to install software themselves. It is easy to use and it is complete. An advantage of this distribution for PowerPC users is that a few bugs, which are always present in Debian/Ubuntu, have been overcome. After installing MintPPC things like battery status meter, laptop sleep mode and sound will work out of the box. MintPPC is not affiliated with Linux Mint but it uses the same underlying source code. MintPPC was first released as Linux Mint LXDE Debian Lenny in May 2010. In October 2010 MintPPC 9 was released which was based on Linux Mint LXDE 9 (Isadora) and Debian Squeeze. In November 2011 MintPPC 11 was released, which is based on Debian Wheezy (7.0) and Linux Mint LXDE Katya (11). Because of a conflict with the Linux Mint team, the name of the distribution was changed into MintPPC. MintPPC is developed by Jeroen Diederen (Linuxopjemac), a Dutch Linux enthusiast who also owns a general website about running Linux on Macs. The new logo and the desktop wallpapers in MintPPC 11 were designed by Ferdl.

If you are curious to see how compatible MintPPC is, you might want to have a look at the list of Macs onto which MintPPC was installed. Apparently some folks also installed it on a Microsoft XBox360 and a PS3.  Try it out on your machine and post your results!

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