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Linux on your powermac

Installing the system Put the boot floppy in the floppy drive, Debian CD1 (You could install Debian GNU/Linux from a set of 12 floppies also) in the CD drive and switch ON the Mac. (Remember you are going the delete all the contents of the hard disk.) This will show a small penguin icon at the center of your screen and will load the RAM disk image. It will then ask for the root floppy after ejecting the boot floppy (If you find any problem in getting the floppy out, use a pointed metal object and press through the hole just below the floppy drive, this will eject the floppy out.)


Dbootstrap is the name of the program that runs after you have booted into the installation system. It is responsible for initial system configuration and the installation of the "base system". The main job and the purpose of dbootstrap is to configure essential elements of your system. For instance, you may need to use certain "kernel modules", which are drivers linked into the kernel. These modules include storage hardware drivers, network drivers, special language support, and support for other peripherals that are not automatically built in to the kernel you are using.


Now the Debian GNU/Linux will show the Release Notes. Here hit ENTER key for continuing. Next is Debian GNU/Linux Installation Main Menu from where you install system components in any order. The highlighted option is the default activity and it is preferred to go the default order.


The following instructions will guide you through a standard installation.


1  Keyboard Configuration

The first option is for configuring the Keyboard. Enter to select:


mac-us-ext : U.S. English (Mac, extended kbd).

2   Partitioning the Hard Disk

Here you have to select the drive before actually partitioning the hard disk. You could select if you have more than one physical hard disk. The hard disk naming convention is same as in Linux.