Here you'll find a collection of information on installing and using Linux for 68k Macintosh.

Getting started

Find out where to get downloads and whether or not they will work on your hardware by reading this page.

Install Guides

These installation guides are for older Debian releases, and are obsolete. The latest Debian Linux installation manual is here.

The latest version of Debian/m68k documented here is 2.2, known as Potato. Thanks to Alfred de Wijn for the installation guide!

Frequently Asked Questions

This document attempts to answer the most common questions about installing and using Linux/mac68k. Please read this before posting any questions on the mailing list!


  • Penguin Booter

    For various reasons, Macs cannot load the Linux kernel directly on startup. Instead, the Penguin booter is used to load the kernel from MacOS and boot Linux. This document is a general getting started guide to using Penguin, and includes a reference to the various settings.

  • Cross Development Tools

    Includes information and links to cross compiler RPM's for i386 and PowerPC.

  • "I don't care if space aliens ate my mouse"

    or "Porting Linux To The Apple Macintosh". A study in both the technical and human issues in porting the Linux OS to a new M68K target platform. And an analysis of the effectiveness of the platform independant features of the Macintosh. Mostly however an essay on the dangers of saying "Well all you need to do is...."

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