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a new lease of life to the iMac G5

I recently acquired a iMac G5 PPC

it had a broken screen which you can pick one up on ebay for around 40 quid, i fitted the new screen in about 15 minutes not a hard job at all, noticing how good the apple hardware really is built compared some of the crap sold on the market today!

Because the operating system is no longer supported for PPC then the way to go is linux, after trying various flavours of ubuntu and failing miserably i tested debian, now i havent used debian for a while but it went on no problem and run slick as you like. The only problem was the machine was getting hot as its having to work a bit hard that usual !! so i ordered a fan of ebay with speed control and got a local engineering firm to cut the hole and i fitted the fan – i have to say it works flawlessly and its not noisey at all!!

it runs a full blown cctv zoneminder server and runs as our home juke box nicely and looks amazing 🙂 if you get chance to grab one get debian on it but youll need that extra fan!!

 

Lancaster linux user group meeting

We held this months lancaster linux user group meeting on the 2nd wednesday of the month this time to fit in with everyones busy schedules! We havent had a meeting for a few months because we have all been to busy hence the change to the second week! Quite a good turn out so thanks to everyome who turned up! Dave brought his open moko and give us a demo of the new OS he had installed which was pretty slick – he connected it to his laptop and updated the phone using wireless from his laptop which worked nicely then he can install the network app and install the updates and proggies straight from the phone 🙂 nice bit of kit

We talked about installing multiple operating systems on x86 hardware – making it triple boot with linux / mac / windows 🙂

We also discussed various laptops – netbooks and using external devices on the units such as external monitors and keyboards etc.

We also talked about video software and capturing video and audio – i mentioned zoneminder which is a opensource Linux video camera security and surveillance solution. Very mature product – with online viewing of cctv 🙂

I took a look at a toshiba laptop and used the hotkeys – shift and escape to change the boot order in the bios and kicked of a fedora install – i had to leave before the install finished so ill update the blog to let you know if the install finished ok and the laptop works right!!

we also had a long conversation regarding building web pages and uploading them using a ftp client – we talked about using kompozer aka NVU – cross platform software which can get you bulding web pages in minutes take a look here after the site is finished if you can use various ftp clients I use gftp as its nice and easy and very robust take a look here both items should be installable by apt so i would type apt-get install kompozer gftp  – this should install both apps for you 🙂

The linux meetings are held at the brittania pub on ulswater road lancaster on the first wednesday of every month at around 8pm – I would suggest adding yourself to the lug mailing list as some months we may change it to the second wednesday of the month if everyone cant make the first!!!!

Please feel free to come along and talk – newbies welcome!! we cover all areas – linux / mac / windows – servers – laptops – workstations – mobile phones!!! come along and join in – good beer & free wifi!!!!!