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 +====== Apple PowerBook G3 Firewire (Pismo) ======
 +===== Introduction =====
 +This page is a reference to guide you in using Linux on a PowerBook G3 Firewire (aka Pismo). ​ While there may be some manual steps required to get things set up, the Pismo has fairly good support for Linux when all is said and done.
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 +===== Specifications =====
 +| Name|PowerBook G3 Firewire (Pismo)|
 +| Processor|400 mhz PowerPC (PPC)|
 +| Screen|14"​ 1024x768|
 +| RAM|512 MB (64 MB in stock form)|
 +| HDD|10 gig|
 +| Optical Drive|DVD-ROM|
 +| Graphics|ATI Rage Mobility 128 graphics with 8 MB of SDRAM|
 +| Network|10/​100 Ethernet, dual Firewire, optional AirPort wireless|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +| Processor|Yes||
 +| Screen|Yes||
 +| HDD|Yes||
 +| Optical Drive|Yes||
 +| Graphics|Yes|With some help, see details below.|
 +| Sound|Yes||
 +| Ethernet|Yes||
 +| Wireless|Yes|Third-party Broadcom card tested, not genuine AirPort.|
 +| Bluetooth|N/​A||
 +| 56K Modem|Not Tested|People still use those?|
 +| USB|Not Tested||
 +| Firewire|Not Tested||
 +| Card Reader|N/​A||
 +| ExpressCard Slot|N/A ||
 +| Camera|N/​A||
 +===== Notes =====
 +This information is based on a Debian 5.0 (Lenny) install.  ​
 +Initially, Xorg.conf is not configured correctly, and when X starts, the screen is a mess of colors and lines. ​ Editing this file manually will give you a functional desktop.
 +DVD playback is very poor under Linux. ​ I suspect that this is either an issue with the video drivers or configuration. ​ Perhaps it can be cured with further tweaking. ​ For reference, playback was fine under OS X.
 +While sound works out of the box, the main volume control does not.  It must be changed to be acting upon the "PC Speaker",​ rather than "​Master"​.
 +Suspend and Hibernate did not initially work.  Installing the "​pmud"​ package got Suspend working - most of the time, anyway.  ​
 +===== Summary =====
 +The Linux experience on the Pismo is good.  Setup issues aside, Linux is a reasonably functional OS on this classic Powerbook.  ​
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