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What is Mac PPC's version of rEFit?

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Can you please edit your question to give us details on what you need rEFIt for and how this is related to Ubuntu? – Takkat Mar 31 '11 at 11:05
I posted all that info in that link. It shows what refit is used for on intel macs and how it is related to ubuntu. – Joshua Robison Mar 31 '11 at 12:28
In that link it also says that Apple hardware can't boot Ubuntu from USB. – Takkat Mar 31 '11 at 12:29
It says that it is not well supported. But without refit it is impossible on intel macs. My Mac however is ppc and refit will not work on ppc. I need something like refit that I can install with my Mac ppc. – Joshua Robison Mar 31 '11 at 12:34
So please edit your question and ask this to people that may know how to do it. Sth like: "how do I boot a Mac PPC with Ubuntu on USB stick" & give us as much detail as possible. – Takkat Mar 31 '11 at 13:35
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PPC Macs can't boot from USB; you will need to know your way around OpenFirmware.

The only bootloader I have used for PPC ("New-World" Macs) is yaboot and it seems to run from a USB stick. seems to require its own partition on a Linux-only system.

Edit: See the better answer elsewhere in this thread. That's a bit of work, though, and you still need to burn a CD to copy from.

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There is an article on how to boot Mac PPC from USB at

This works, as I needed it to reboot my PPC Mac recently after replacing a failed HDD.


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i am running ubuntu 10.10 on my macbook 2,1 (intel core 2 duo). you can boot ubuntu from a usb stick on macs. that was how i installed my ubuntu. i can direct you to the mactel ubuntu community support page, however i have no knowedge of ppc or anything like that. i would recommend a liveCD as opposed to a usb stick though. much easier.

here is the site for mactel ubuntu stuff, somewhere in that list is a way to get ubuntu on a usb stick.i think there is also a set of instructions on the ubuntu main page.

EDIT: rEFIt is a bootloader for macs, this is required for 1) syncing partition tables and 2) GUI for booting (it really helps for starting up)

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But refit only works with intel macs. That's why I posted this question looking for something that works with ppc macs but can do the same thing. – Joshua Robison Apr 1 '11 at 4:40
@Joshua i have an intel mac. i have no knowledge of PPC macs at all. i would recommend googling "Ubuntu on ppc macs" as stated above. i am trying to give you as much as i know. a quick google search comes up with this page, it looks promising (i skimmed it) im trying to help, but once again, i know almost nothing about ppc macs. remember, google is your friend when dealing with things that are strange or unknown to you. – user13385 Apr 1 '11 at 18:54

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