Is there a way to flash/hack/jailbreak the firmware for say a 15" G4 powerbook so that I can boot from Linux live usb sticks?
As it is many macs simply do not boot from usb, let alone usb sticks and the ones that do are a complete pain to set up.
If someone were to write a kind of replacement firmware for ppc macs there would be a whole community switching to Linux because many mac users have thousand dollar paper weights sitting around their house ever since Apple dropped support for ppc.
MY QUESTIONS ARE:
Can anyone help me find a link to an alternative firmware which I can install on my g4 laptop to replace the mac version of open firmware which can not boot from usb?
Is the firmware the reason why a perfectly healthy live usb would not boot? if you cancelled out all the posibilities that the usb stick is faulty or how you installed the system on it is faulty all that is left is the firmware not allowing it right?
Can I just install a clean version of Sun Microsystem's open firmware that hasn't been tinkered with by apple and get it to boot live USBs?
I'm so frustrated that my mac is a paper weight right now. The CD drive on it doesn't work so I need usb sticks to work. Plus depending on what distro you go with, with a lot of tinkering and playing whatever I install will only last a couple of days so I need to use live USBs so I can play around a lot and mess stuff up.