linuxing the imac

There’s an old imac under the table at bz’s house that’s gathering dust and I was going to try to put Linux on it. I’ve had a good experience with xubuntu running well on older hardware and having good, easy-to-use features (and it’s debian based), so I’m going to try that and document my experience here.

I had a little trouble finding the iso for PPC xubuntu, but eventually found it at

This article gave some information on installing xubuntu on various platforms, and said that the firmware needed to be upgraded on the iMac before xubuntu could be installed. I found the firmware for this particular iMac (slot-loading, 350 MHz, 128MB SDRAM) at (or maybe at and instructions for installing the firmware at

The machine ended up being bricked, but I thought I’d post this for future reference.