Ubuntu 9.04 on an iMac G5
Using the 9.04 PPC Desktop CD didn’t work for me. The screen remained black, the fans whirred and I had to use the power button to shut down the computer. I then tried the 9.04 Server CD which worked fine for the command line only server install. Since I wanted the Ubuntu Desktop, I then used apt-get install ubuntu-desktop to try and add the desktop to the system. That didn’t work either. I ended up with the same symptoms as my Desktop attempt. So, finally, I tried the Ubuntu 9.04 Mac (PowerPC) and IBM-PPC (POWER5) alternate install CD which worked like a charm. Here are the steps I took:
- Booted with the alternate install CD (held down C after I heard the Mac sound shortly after power up)
- At the boot: prompt typed in install video=ofonly
That’s it. I went through the familiar install process at the end of which I had an Ubuntu Desktop (that I’m currently using to create this blog).