[conspire] Re: going to CABAL maybe- carpooling from East Bay? + Ubuntu on iMac

Tony Godshall togo at of.net
Fri Sep 23 19:18:53 PDT 2005

According to Daniel Gimpelevich,
> On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 12:54:35 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> > Quoting Tony Godshall (togo at of.net):
> > 
> >> Hey, cool.  If you are doing Mac, maybe I'll come and 
> >> bring my blueberry iMac along and put Ubuntu on it too.
> > 
> > We can do that.  We've successfully configured those with antique
> > versions of Yellow Dog, so the Ubuntu 5.10 preview should be no
> > challenge.
> It's amazing how many of those machines never got their firmware
> flash-updated for greater stability under Mac OS 9.x -- stability that's
> required for OS X or Linux. So, in preparation for an install onto a
> Blueberry iMac, I would ask what's installed on it now, and what you want
> done with the current hard disk contents. There are also issues with the
> CD drives in some of them that prevent reading CD-Rs burned either at
> higher speeds or onto 700MB media rather than 650MB media. This may
> necessitate a net-install. Some older iMacs may also have miscellaneous
> other hardware issues. If installing from CD, you may want to give a
> little thought as to whether you would like to start with the Ubuntu
> installer or the Kubuntu installer. Some aspects of the set-up, such as
> properly integrating IBM Java, will likely be unnecessarily problematic
> without my help.

Thanks for the help.

1. It has Debian in one partition... was going to run OSX in
MaconLinux, but the OSX disc was bad apparently, more maybe
it was that firmware issue you speak of.

2. No idea what firmware version.  Tried to update it
myself... don't recall if it was a success or not.

3. Current contents can be wiped.  I'll bring an extra hard
drive, but I understand there are heat issues with drives
past 5000 RPM.  Am considering dismantling it to deal with 
that and use an external (much larger) monitor anyway.

I'm not sure I care much whether it's Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

Would certainly appreciate help from someone who's been
there.  I went partly down the path once before but it was 
a while ago and I made some bad partition choices etc., so 
I figure I might as well start again with a new (larger) drive.

> > Of course, shlepping even an iMac along on BART would be a bit of a
> > stretch; it's feasible mostly for people with laptops or mini-ATX
> > systems.
> Since I'm coming from San Francisco, it wouldn't be an imposition on me
> either to stop by the Colma BART station along the way to pick somebody
> up, and likewise Daly City BART. Details could be worked out with me
> directly at +1(415)290-9339, but although I could accommodate an iMac, I
> wouldn't have a clue how you would get it to that point. Once at CABAL,
> arrangements for a return trip may be divined.
> In this message, gtkspell flagged "shlepping" and suggested "schlepping"
> instead. Despite that, it's still a great little piece of software.

Thanks for the offer!  I'd love a ride.  I was planning on
going down on CalTrain.  My mobile is 415-314-0913.  What
time are you heading down?

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