Debian's path is already lit by the Luddite
A couple readers have asked me to write a Debian Install guide, but there is no need. There is already a great guide in existence from our close friend Dan the PPC Luddite. Dan is a Debian chef of master class levels, and his guide can help you turn your install into a gourmet dish.
If you just want Debian as the only OS on the hardware in question, then you can easily install it without help in most situations. You don't need to know any commands unless you tell it not to install a GUI. If you want to tinker with other OS and such on the same machine, and other more specific things, then Dan's guide is for you.
The best reason to use Dan's guide is all the PowerPC-specific configuration help it gives. Proper configuration is key to having a great Linux install when you're done.
Here are all five parts of his install guide, which he updates continually:
Part I - Pre-Installation
Part II - Installing the Base System
Part III - Installing the GUI
Part IV - Configuring Stuff
Part V - Bugs & Quirks
The only real thing I would change is installing LXDE, rather than just Openbox as Dan does. With LXDE you still get Openbox, along with all the added LXDE greatness. Openbox comes totally raw out of the box. It takes a lot of config to get it just right. LXDE is more of a personal choice, but I can promise that a lot of Linux newbies will adapt far better to it. I also recommend Fluxbox. It's kind of a middle ground between LXDE and Openbox in terms of pre-configured things.
I am working on more Debian content of my own, but I don't like redundancy in the community, so there will be no Debian install guide here, at least for now. The Luddite's guide is very well done, and has a very capable user with legitimate experience behind every word. You can trust Dan as much as us to look out for your computing well-being.
Published on Friday, July 12, 2013