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Is it possible to install ubuntu (or preferably mint 9) on my toshiba notebook, using an online installer like the one on mintPPC?

The one I am referring to is found here, but many can not access it. http://mintppc.org/content/installation-mintppc-92#4

So I have copied it below

I am most interested in number 4 where it says

wget http://mintppc.org/files/mintppc9/mint-installer
    chmod +x mint-installer
    sudo passwd

But this is for mintPPC?!?! I want this for mint on PC

1. USB base system installation

Download the official Debian Squeeze netinstaller iso here (around 180 Mb). You can also opt for the smaller businesscard iso (around 40Mb). If prefer the business card iso as it faster to copy onto a USB stick. Both installation methods require a working internet connection, preferably a wired connection. If you don't have a working internet connection you cannot install MintPPC as the MintPPC specific packages are downloaded over the internet. If you are running a Classic MacOS partition you should read the Release Notes. In Gparted make the USB stick empty. Find also out here what the device name is for your stick (in my case /dev/sda but it could be different). Then copy the content of the iso to the stick. It's important to do this from a PowerPC based Mac as otherwise the dd process goes too fast and your PPC based Mac won't be able to boot from it:

`sudo dd if=/path/to/mini.iso of=/dev/sda`

Then boot from the USB if your Mac is capable of doing this. One of my Pismo is, the other not, don't ask me why. They are both the same. Boot in open firmware by holding option+command+o+f. Then find out which is the device:

dev / ls

You should see somewhere usb with an extra entry disk, write that number down usb19 or something in my case. Then have a look at the devalias:


Now it's either usb0 or usb1 which is associated with usb19. This is your boot device, in my case usb1. Then boot:

boot usb1/disk@1:2,\\yaboot      (or)
    boot usb0/disk@1:2,\\yaboot

Continue with Debian Squeeze base system installation.

3. Debian Squeeze base system installation

Install a Debian Squeeze base system without a GUI. It's important not to install a GUI as we will be installing one of our own and we don't want to end up with a real Debian GUI. Somewhere during the installatiion process you will be asked which predefined collections of software you want to install. Untick the graphical desktop environment (there should be no asterisk in front of the Graphical desktop environent, you can untick with the space bar). We will only install "Standard system utilities" and "Laptop", in case you are installing MintPPC on a laptop. If you feel like you need more help, you can have a look at the old instructions (which does not completely apply to this type of installation as those instructions were written for an expert installation).

You can alo have a look at the official instructions from Debian.

4. MintPPC installation

wget http://mintppc.org/files/mintppc9/mint-installer
    chmod +x mint-installer
    sudo passwd

'Sudo passwd' we use to create a password for the root account. Login as root (su) with your root password:


hit enter and give your newly created root password. First we need to install sudo as it's not in the base install:

apt-get install sudo

Then add yourself to the sudoers list.

nano /etc/sudoers

then add your own username under root and copy it like it is:

root   ALL=(ALL) ALL
    jeroen ALL=(ALL) ALL

CTRL-x and y to save. You can now logout of the root shell (CTRL-d). Start the installer as sudo.

sudo ./mint-installer

This will install all the required packages for Linux MintPPC using a prompt. In this way you have some control over what you install. If you just accept the default MintPPC settings (which are good of course!) you might want to do the following:

sudo ./mint-installer -y

The latter -y will take care that no questions are asked.

If something freezes, during installation using the script you can always reboot and run the installer again. Just make sure that the system is 'clean', by doing:

sudo dpkg --configure -a

Make sure that everything is installed. You might break the installer with CTRL-C before the MintPPC specific programs are going to be installed. Just run the installer again from the start. It might add other programs. If nothing changes anymore, continue with installation of the MintPPC specific programs.

When everything is installed, just before rebooting, you could stop the installation here to adjust the X settings, if you know of a working xorg.conf file for your type of Mac. There are a few examples here. If you don't know what to do, type "y" for reboot.

After this: reboot...


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I get an access denied error on that page – Jorge Castro Apr 4 '11 at 23:46
@Jorge Castro seems to be a issue with the whole site - looks like you have to be logged in to see anything worth looking at. – James Apr 5 '11 at 1:48
yes, you have to log in to view it. But the idea is to install the squeeze on the usb and boot up in squeeze and then from there run a kind of online installer that updates the squeeze to mint debian version. – Joshua Robison Apr 6 '11 at 6:09
I've lost track. What is the question? – Gilles Jul 21 '11 at 0:13
note: using nano /etc/sudoers to edit the sudoers file is a terrible idea. – strugee Nov 4 '13 at 5:22