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Linux on your powermac

For the next option I deviated, as the system will not boot from hard disk unless you do some tweaking. For that select "Execute a Shell" from main menu by using the `? ' key and enter. This will open a shell where you could issue some basic UNIX commands. Give the following commands


   #nvsetenv

   #nvsetenv boot-device scsi-int/sd@0:0


   #nvsetenv boot-file "/boot/vmlinux-2.2./19 root=/dev/sda4"


   #nvsetenv boot-command "begin ['] boot catch 1000 ms cr again"

   #nvsetenv output-device /chaos/control

These commands are very critical and any mistake in this will not boot the system. To check variables issue the command #nvsetenv which will give an output containing the following lines.


boot-device  scsi-int/sd@0:0

boot-file      /boot/vmlinux-2.2./19 root=/dev/sda4

output-device      /chaos/control

boot-command       begin ['] boot catch 1000 ms cr again

Exit from the shell by typing exit. Now select Make Linux Bootable Directly From Hard Disk and press enter. The Make Floppy option will not work for the current release.

10  Reboot the system

You can select reboot the system.

The system will reboot and halt showing

can't OPEN: scsi-int/sd@0:0 /boot/vmlinux-2.2.19.

RESETTing change configuration

Here switch OFF the computer and switch ON again with the Power ON button.


Now the screen will show:

Can't OPEN: scsi-int/sd@0:0

Second stage QUIK loader

boot: /boot/vmlinux-2.2.19 root=/dev/sda4

Now your Linux is booting.

Post installation configuration

(i)  Enable MD5 password: The system will ask for enabling md5 passwords. Say yes because it is more secure.


(ii)  Enable shadow password: Say yes for Shadow Passwords because it is more secure.


(iii)  Root Password: Enter the password for root user. Remember this password and keep safe.


(iv)  Create another user: There is an option to create a new user.


(v)  Remove PCMCIA modules: By default 8500 has no pcmcia device. The modules for pcmcia are installed by default. So remove the pcmcia devices.