View Full Version : Can an Amiga run Ubuntu Linux?
01-18-2008, 11:46 PM
Well, the title of the thread says it all, doesn't it? Can an Amiga run Ubuntu Linux?
01-19-2008, 12:12 AM
No. I think that is a concise and accurate answer.
01-19-2008, 12:16 AM
If you're an absolute expert you might be able to install a kernel and base system manually. Everything would have to be compiled from source since there's no 68K build, or be piggybacked over APUS.
But as Homer says, short answer is no.
01-19-2008, 12:35 AM
There is a 68k version of both debian and redhat 5.1 though... Which run on the miggy...
01-19-2008, 12:36 AM
you may run the PPC distribution if you have a PPC accelerator. I haven't checked PPC distribution of Ubuntu so don't know really.
01-19-2008, 01:11 AM
I think perhaps NetBSD is the most up to date Unix-like OS for m68k Amigas.
01-19-2008, 08:53 AM
I think I've seen pictures of Ubuntu PPC in the gallery here at a.org.
But I think it's an old version, something like version 5.
Aaaand, with a little search, it's verion 3.1
Lookie here (http://www.amiga.org/gallery/photo.php?lid=3556)
01-19-2008, 09:19 AM
That's Debian running on an Amiga rather than Ubuntu. Having said that, the version shown running (v3.1 a.k.a. Sarge) was released in 2005 and Ubuntu is based on Debian, started before 2005 and once had a PPC branch.
So to answer the original question, you could probably install an old version of Ubuntu on a powerful Amiga. Are you going to try it?
01-19-2008, 09:40 AM
there are lighter distros than ubuntu. i think ubuntu needs 128mb ram minimum. it seemed slow on a beige g3 233mhz. and was not as well maintaned either. after all the pain involved in getting an old world mac ubuntu happy. i swapped to a lowly pc that had twice the mac's performance.
01-19-2008, 09:54 AM
I remember having tried to install a 68k distro (I don't remember which one) on an A1200 with a 68030 fitted. It was a pain it the behind to even get it installed, and I never got it working properly due to some X server issues, so I eventually gave up.
01-19-2008, 10:03 AM
Any modern Linux distro will be painfully slow on a classic Amiga, even equipped with PPC, if you intend on running a KDE or Gnome desktop. I have CentOS5 on my laptop, and it uses about 450MB RAM. Any less than that and you'll have heavy disk swapping, and a very unpleasant experience.
01-19-2008, 11:14 AM
hups, my mistake
Yes, Ubuntu is a resource hog. I have it installed on a P3/866MHz craptop with some 396MB RAM and it takes ages to boot. Much, much longer than XP (+crappy drivers for my WLAN card..).
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