Lubuntu Power PC question

From: Phil Shapiro 
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I downloaded Lubuntu 14.04 Power PC out of curiousity and found that it boots nicely on my old iBook G3 laptop, 500 Mhz with 640 MB of RAM. 


I was curious to find out how much RAM Lubuntu uses before running any programs. On the Lubuntu web site it says Lubuntu can sometimes run in 
as little as 128 MB of RAM. 


After booting Lubuntu 14.04 I got into terminal and I issued a command: free -m 


Lubuntu told me it was using about 630 MB of memory -- with about 10 MB free. 


Does that sound reasonable? I was expecting it to say it was using something like 115 MB or somesuch. 


Would Lubuntu 14.04 use less RAM if I installed it to hard drive rather than run it live? 


Wondering.... Thanks in advance if you have any ideas. 


phil 



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=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Any LiveCD I've seen builds a RamDisk and loads everything into it, so most likely yes, your RAM usage will be much lower running from the hard drive. Jeff.

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ issues with the video on g3? The last time I tried a powerpc linux, upstream issues in the kernel nerfed x on the g3's. G4's had no such issue. Lubuntu is basically ubuntu with LXDE and the openbox window manager. Crunchbang on an AMD is btween 200 and 300 megs on boot. I'd be surprised if your footprint was larger. -- The unregulated free market is like Yog-Sothoth, a mythical being whose followers make bloody sacrifice to hasten its arrival to this world. http://snowdenandthefuture.info/documents.html Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ Phil did you ever do that install? I just did an lubuntu install on an intel , 510 meg. you might want to try debian with lxde for a lighter desktop. Unfortunately no ppc crunchbang. -- The unregulated free market is like Yog-Sothoth, a mythical being whose followers make bloody sacrifice to hasten its arrival to this world. http://snowdenandthefuture.info/documents.html Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/

=============================================================== From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ i tried the install, but alas the computer froze on me twice. lubuntu 12.04 just doesn't seem to have been tested well. i tried it on a powerbook g4 and also got a freeze. sigh, i wanted this to work... phil ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rod" To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:26:00 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Lubuntu Power PC question Phil did you ever do that install? I just did an lubuntu install on an intel , 510 meg. you might want to try debian with lxde for a lighter desktop. Unfortunately no ppc crunchbang. issues with the video on g3? The last time I tried a powerpc linux, upstream issues in the kernel nerfed x on the g3's. G4's had no such issue. Lubuntu is basically ubuntu with LXDE and the openbox window manager. Crunchbang on an AMD is btween 200 and 300 megs on boot. I'd be surprised if your footprint was larger. I downloaded Lubuntu 14.04 Power PC out of curiousity and found that it boots nicely on my old iBook G3 laptop, 500 Mhz with 640 MB of RAM. I was curious to find out how much RAM Lubuntu uses before running any programs. On the Lubuntu web site it says Lubuntu can sometimes run in as little as 128 MB of RAM. After booting Lubuntu 14.04 I got into terminal and I issued a command: free -m Lubuntu told me it was using about 630 MB of memory -- with about 10 MB free. Does that sound reasonable? I was expecting it to say it was using something like 115 MB or somesuch. Would Lubuntu 14.04 use less RAM if I installed it to hard drive rather than run it live? Wondering.... Thanks in advance if you have any ideas. phil -- Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html "Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates "Learning happens thru gentleness." -- The unregulated free market is like Yog-Sothoth, a mythical being whose followers make bloody sacrifice to hasten its arrival to this world. http://snowdenandthefuture.info/documents.html Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/ -- The unregulated free market is like Yog-Sothoth, a mythical being whose followers make bloody sacrifice to hasten its arrival to this world. http://snowdenandthefuture.info/documents.html Using Opera's mail client: http://www.opera.com/mail/

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ I might try FreeBSD on one of my Power Mac G3 or G4s. Speaking of that, they're probably still on the shelf at the old hackerspace in Herndon. I'll need to go pick them up. " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA s : y 0 g .

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ I've heard good things about mint PPC http://www.mintppc.org/content/list-macs Debian also does PPC.