Linux on an iBook G4

Preamble

I got hold of an old white 12″ iBook G4 133 GHz 1 GB that is running OS X 10.4.2 (Tiger), [eventually updated to 10.4.11].

Can I get an up to date, and workable, version of Linux running on it? I need something that can run an up to date SSH (so that I can SSH into a Pi cluster using a terminal).

Tiger comes with ssh version 3.8.1p1

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MacBook Pro dies when Wi-Fi is turned off

Preamble

I have a MacBook Pro 3,1 (2007, 17″, Santa Rosa 2.4 GHz Core Duo 2, 6 GB RAM (2×4 GB)), that dies within seconds of turning the Wi-Fi off. I have no idea as to why it does it.

It will stay up for years on end, so long as the Wi-Fi is turned on. However, turn the Wi-Fi off and the MacBook Pro will freeze and lock up pretty quickly.

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Enabling TRIM on Snow Leopard

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Following on from Getting an old Penryn MacBook Pro to work, I needed to enable TRIM as it wasn’t enabled on my SSD. I also wondered whether it would speed up the Mac a little and put a halt to the continual lock ups that uTorrent suffered from…

I found an application that failed and a command line solution that worked…

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Getting an old Penryn MacBook Pro to work

Preamble

A friend had SL running on a 17″ 2008 Penryn MBP. Upgrade to ML fails. Gives mac to me. I try to boot using an SSD with a known working installation of ML – just spinning gears at start up. Only a SL partition on the same SSD works.

Then other issues…

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Certificates for OS X 10.9.5 – Chrome 66.0.3359.181

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After switching on an old MacBook Pro, running 10.9.5 and opening Chrome (which would no longer update any further than 66.0.3359.181), I found that some sites weren’t loading correctly, due to a root certificate issue.

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