[K12OSN] PowerMac G3 All in Ones

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Jul 14 08:43:38 UTC 2007

I've used Power Mac 5260's before during K12LTSP demos using Skip
Gaede's Mach kernel.  They not only are 10Mbps, but also 640x480x256! 
Surprisingly, they were actually usable as K12LTSP thin clients.  But
iMac G3's are way better, and that's because of A.) the higher video
resolution available, and B.) the 100Mbps video cards.

Do you GNU!?
Microsoft Free since 2003 <http://www.gnu.org/>--the ultimate antivirus

Shane Sammons wrote:
> Thanks Jim, I found good instruction from NetBSD on those AIO G3's. It
> talks about how the firmware needs to be upgraded and a file placed in
> it or instructions given to it...haven't processed it all yet. I am
> going to give that a try on Monday. I think some of the ones we have
> MAY have come with 100MB, I will have to check into that. If they are
> 10Mb yeah that just might make it a bit too slow as i used a 10T hub
> to test thing to start and it was pretty slow.
> If anyone is interested
> http://www.netbsd.org/docs/network/netboot/intro.macppc.html was the
> link for diskless NetBSD booting I was referring too. The kind folks
> in #ltsp on irc.freenode.net <http://irc.freenode.net> gave me that link.
> On 7/13/07, *Jim Kronebusch* <jim at winonacotter.org
> <mailto:jim at winonacotter.org>> wrote:
>     On Tue, 10 Jul 2007 23:18:22 -0400, Shane Sammons wrote
>     > Has anyone used the older PowerMac G3's that are encased in an
>     all in one
>     > unit as Thin Clients? I searched the Wiki to no avail. I believe
>     it can
>     > network boot. However, I had no luck in doing so. I have only
>     been able to
>     > get GX1's booting from my test server.
>     >
>     > Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to push this
>     project
>     > forward to make a Library free of OS X systems we could use
>     elsewhere to
>     > make an entire second lab.
>     >
>     > Thanks for any help
>     > --Shane
>     I was able to boot some 5500's via instructions I received from
>     Chuck Liebow a few years
>     back.  I wasn't happy enough with the performance from them.  I
>     think the same stuff
>     could be used with G3 all-in-one's but if I remember right there
>     was trouble getting a
>     NIC that would work.  The built in NIC is 10MB which isn't really
>     sufficient, and there
>     was only one or two add in NIC's that would work.  Here is a
>     website that describes
>     configuring the nubus macs to work (ie 5500's)
>     http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/support/solutions/champion_server/LTSP/
>     I really don't remember the particulars but I think the problem
>     was definitely the NIC.
>     What may be an easier solution is to find an old version of Yellow
>     Dog Linux that would
>     load on these machines with a minimal install and configure to do
>     an X -query
> <> or something on
>     startup.  This might be the easiest way to get all of the
>     hardware recognized (along with a 100MB add-in nic which would be
>     crucial for good
>     performance) yet still be able to connect to the ltsp
>     server.  With a 100MB nic those
>     machines should be great clients as they are the same specs as a
>     Bondi iMac.
>     If you can't get this to work, if you have any Bondi Blue iMacs
>     (they actually look like
>     a crappy green) laying around these would be your best option as
>     they have a new enough
>     firmware to support network booting and you can hardcode the
>     firmware to boot right to
>     ltsp without any user interaction or local software.
>     Good luck.
>     --
>     This message has been scanned for viruses and
>     dangerous content by the Cotter Technology
>     Department, and is believed to be clean.
>     _______________________________________________
>     K12OSN mailing list
>     K12OSN at redhat.com <mailto:K12OSN at redhat.com>
>     https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn
>     For more info see <http://www.k12os.org>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> _______________________________________________
> K12OSN mailing list
> K12OSN at redhat.com
> https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn
> For more info see <http://www.k12os.org>
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://listman.redhat.com/archives/k12osn/attachments/20070714/9eb17cb3/attachment.htm>

More information about the K12OSN mailing list