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Trying to install the Alternate Install 12.04 [ubuntu-12.04-alternate-powerpc (MD5 c57149dc4f31372912aab2856c08107b).iso] on a Mac Mini G4 meant to be a home server, I am getting this error message:

An error was returned while trying to install the kernel into the target system.
Kernel package: 'linux-powerpc-smp'
Check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 4 for details.

The only options I choose are:

  • Set user name "Tino Sino", username "tino"
  • Encrypt home: Yes (tried with No too)
  • Partition disks: Guided - use entire disk (created #3 as ext4, #4 as swap)

The CD MD5 is the right one.

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closed as off topic by Jorge Castro, Ringtail, fabricator4, stephenmyall, hhlp Jan 11 '13 at 10:46

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I have had the same issue on powerPCs. specifically on a Mac server. I found no real answer, and just sold the servers. I found that ubuntu server 8.04 worked though. did an in place upgrade to 9.04 and it crashed again. G4s just aren't fun to work with.good luck! – jmartin2279 Oct 16 '12 at 17:31
What does virtual console 4 have to say? Sometimes it will be more explicit about what happened. – thirtythreeforty Oct 27 '12 at 6:51
This question should instead be filed as a bug report, and as such is off-topic, thanks! Instructions on filing a bug report are here. – Jorge Castro Jan 10 '13 at 20:43