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The Lombard came with MacOS 9. While running it (for a couple of monthes),
I never managed to get it run past 2 days uptime or so. Really unstable, I was
unable to do anything really useful using it.
Then MacOS X.1 came out, and I tried it for about one week. On the contrary to OS9, it was quite stable, powerful, but really, really slow. Having an mp3 playing was eating 30-40% of a 333MHz G3 cpu, really unacceptable !
|While I was at reinstalling the laptop, I tried out Linux (which was already running on my PC and some servers I manage). Linux installation was quite tricky compared to a PC install, but after that everything went well - stability, efficiency.|
So here is how I installed Linux on my lombard. The first howto is in French now, sorry
about this english people ;-), but I guess I won't have time to translate it anytime
·Howto install Linux on the G3 Lombard - basics.
·Howto get DRI (Direct Rendering OpenGL) and XV (XVideo) running.
·Another howto, regarding my latest computer, an iBook G4. I installed Gentoo on it.
·This howto describes how I set up a CVS mirror of the rsync mirror of BenH's linuxppc tree.
·This howto describes how to set up a GPRS connection under Linux.
I finally motivated myself and tried to overclock my laptop, following the
instructions found on this page.
Here is the experience report (french). To be continued ;-)
The problem with Apple computers is that they get quite hot, particularly their
laptops. While I didn't fear feeling the heat under the keyboard when the computer
ran at its factory settings, overclocking it turned me a bit paranoid.
The fan was never running, even with a really hot cpu (after watching a movie or compiling a kernel, for example), so I fixed it (french).
|I use Pmudmon, a little Gnome applet by Michal Palczewski, to monitor my battery status. As Michal doesn't have the time, nor the hardware anymore, to maintain it, I volunteered for maintainance and his project is now hosted here.|
This userland tool replaces the kernel mouse button emulation for kernels 2.6.
You can download it here. It is, of course, GPL. Gentoo users can simply type "emerge mouseemu" :-)
Due to lack of hardware, I can't maintain it anymore. You may find more uptodate versions here.