• 300 MHz Power PC G3 Processor
  • 32 MB SD-RAM upgraded with 256 MB for a total of 288 MB
  • 40 GB Hard Drive
  • 24x CD-ROM Drive
  • 12.1 inch TFT LCD Display (800x600)
  • 10/100 Ethernet, one USB port
  • 56k Hardware Modem
  • Airport Card

    I have updated Linux from Yellowdog version 3.0 to 4.0. The page referencing YellowDog Linux 3.0. I also since updated to YD 4.0.1 but with problems. The problem is when it boots for the first time, it freezes because of the X server setup. The trick is when installation is finished, edit /etc/inittab and edit the line that has "initdefault" from 5 to 3 which it will start as text mode instead of X.

    I bought the Apple iBook-Clamshell from Voelker Research. I added in an Airport Card and 256 MB Memory. I also have an 800 MHz iBook as well.

    Within an hour of brining home the laptop, I loaded Linux and got rid of the default Mac OS 9.

    I loaded Yellow Dog 4.0 which was released in Nov 2004. Yellow Dog linux is aimed at the Apple Mac market.

    When Linux was loaded, everything worked by default including sound*, ethernet, and X11. The caveats are below.


    Sounds works by default. When you go into KDE, you will need to set the volume through "kmix" since it is set to zero by default. Also, there is an error mesage that comes up. I have no fix for it right now but you can ignore it.

    Airport Card

    Works by default.


    The modem is a hardware modem. It uses /dev/ttyS0.

    PPP through Modem

    It took some work to get ppp working. I use Slackware Linux on my x86 computers and I took two scripts from it. They are ppp-go and ppp-off. I had problems getting ppp to work until I moved the /etc/hotplug directory to a different location. It caused problems when the connection was made.

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    Last Updated : Aug 28, 2005