Distributions

These Linux distributions are known to work on PowerPC hardware of some sort. The “hardware” column is meant to list what is well-supported; due to the common userland instruction set it’s usually difficult but possible to get a distribution onto a poorly-supported PPC platform.

How do I know if my processor is 32- or 64-bit?

Macs contained 32-bit processors until the G5, which used the PowerPC 970. IBM POWER servers used 32-bit processors until the “pSeries” brand. The PowerPC cores in the Cell processor are also 64-bit. Almost all embedded processors, such as the IBM 476 or Freescale e500, are 32-bit, but 64-bit embeddeded cores (e.g. Freescale e5500 and IBM A2) are becoming available.

32-bit PowerPC Distributions

Distribution Hardware Special Notes
Arch Linux New World Mac Arch Linux PPC
CRUX New World Mac, Pegasos CRUX/PPC
Debian New World Mac, Old World Mac, CHRP, PReP, Amiga APUS Debian PPC page; Pegasos should work since Debian 3.1
Fedora New World Mac Support dropped after Fedora 12
Finnix New World Mac (G3, G4)
GeeXboX New World Mac G4 or better highly recommended
Gentoo New World Mac, Pegasos Linux/PPC Handbook; PPC FAQ
ROCK Linux New World Mac, CHRP
The T2 Project New World Mac, CHRP, Motorola CompactPCI blades
Ubuntu Linux New World Mac No longer officially supported, but ISOs are available. There is a FAQ and forums.
Vine Linux (Japanese) Old World Mac, New World Mac PowerPC notes
VLOS New World Mac (G4, G5)
Yellow Dog Linux G4 New World Mac

64-bit PowerPC Distributions

Distribution Hardware Special Notes
CRUX G5 Mac, pSeries CRUX/PPC
Debian pSeries Debian PPC
Fedora G5 Mac, pSeries Support dropped after Fedora 12
Gentoo G5 Mac, pSeries
Red Hat Enterprise Linux iSeries, JS20, pSeries
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server IBM POWER
The T2 Project G5 Mac
Yellow Dog Linux G5 New World Mac, Cell
Ubuntu G5 Mac No longer officially supported, but ISOs are available. There is a FAQ and forums.
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