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gen2 at scicable

May 23, 2007, 7:29 AM

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Booting a multi-ISO CD on a Mac.

Is this even a possibility?

Both my brother and I have PPC G3 Mac's that we would like to install
Linux on. I have downloaded a couple of Debian ISOs and a couple of
Gentoo ISOs. All four would easily fit on a single CD. So, my
question/problem is, is it possible to configure a menu to chose
between them, that will boot up on a Mac PPC?

Thanks,

Lonnie

--
Later,

Lonnie
Mostly Debian, but now
I'm messing around with
Gentoo. Humm, I kind of
like it too.

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hpa at zytor

May 23, 2007, 8:06 AM

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Re: Booting a multi-ISO CD on a Mac. [In reply to]

Lonnie Mullenix wrote:
> Is this even a possibility?
>
> Both my brother and I have PPC G3 Mac's that we would like to install
> Linux on. I have downloaded a couple of Debian ISOs and a couple of
> Gentoo ISOs. All four would easily fit on a single CD. So, my
> question/problem is, is it possible to configure a menu to chose
> between them, that will boot up on a Mac PPC?
>

No idea. Mac PPC uses totally different standards than x86; SYSLINUX is
x86 only.

-hpa

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g.esp at free

May 23, 2007, 9:52 AM

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Re: Booting a multi-ISO CD on a Mac. [In reply to]

Selon Lonnie Mullenix <gen2 [at] scicable>:

> Is this even a possibility?
>
> Both my brother and I have PPC G3 Mac's that we would like to install
> Linux on. I have downloaded a couple of Debian ISOs and a couple of
> Gentoo ISOs. All four would easily fit on a single CD. So, my
> question/problem is, is it possible to configure a menu to chose
> between them, that will boot up on a Mac PPC?
>

boot capability depend on Mac flavor (and related openfirmware version)
- Oldworld are every Mac until G3 beige include, there is no free driver
allowing to boot from cdrom
Directly booting an oldworld machine to linux is hard.
That's much easier from bootx installed on MacOS.

- Newworld are every Mac starting from G3 blue and white, they are able to boot
from cdrom and usb key.

My advice would be to learn first from existing iso before attempting to
create your own.
syslinux will not work on ppc, maybe yaboot if you have a Newworld flavor.

Gilles

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stappers at stappers

May 23, 2007, 10:09 AM

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Re: Booting a multi-ISO CD on a Mac. [In reply to]

Op 23-05-2007 om 09:29 schreef Lonnie Mullenix:
> Is this even a possibility?
>
> Both my brother and I have PPC G3 Mac's that we would like to install
> Linux on. I have downloaded a couple of Debian ISOs and a couple of
> Gentoo ISOs. All four would easily fit on a single CD. So, my
> question/problem is, is it possible to configure a menu to chose
> between them, that will boot up on a Mac PPC?

At http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ is this
text:

The multi-arch CD images support i386/amd64/powerpc and alpha/hppa/ia64
respectively; the installation is similar to installing from a single
architecture netinst image.


Let this mailinglist known if it is what you looking for.

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