I've installed MintPPC 9.1 on my iBook http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ibook/stats/ibook_se.html
and no problem encountered during installation.
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It has 310MB RAM and a 6G harddisk. Also, I gave it an ASUS WL-167G USB wireless.
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I want to use it as a server and put it somewhere at the corner, where no wired network is available. So, I want to setup the machine to use the wireless USB stick.
The wireless interface is not there after the installation. However, you can verify that the system indeed see the USB wireless stick.
1. lsusb will show the details of the wireless adapter, including chipset information.
2. The chipset of the adapter is Ralink RT2500USB. The system already has the drivers for this chipset. You can verify this by looking into /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-powerpc/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
To enable the USB wireless adapter, I did the following:
1. Modify /etc/network/interfaces and add the following two lines at the end. wlan0 is the default interface name. This will enable the interface to use DHCP to obtain IP address. Ask Google about "/etc/network/interfaces" if you want the interface to use static address.
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
2. Enable the interface with /sbin/ifup in a terminal.
3. In Wicd Network Manager, add the wireless interface wlan0 in Preferences, and setup the SSID/security accordingly.
Now, your WL-167G should connect you to the internet. (I wonder if step 1 and step 2 are needed. Please share if you tried to run step 3 directly.)
Doing the above will only allow the machine to connect outwards. If you want to ping or ssh your MintPPC machine, you need the following extra steps.
1. In a terminal, issue the following commands in a terminal
set interface wlan0/0 ip manageable
set interface wlan0/0 manage ping
set interface wlan0/0 manage ssh
set ssh version 2
set ssh enable
2. Restart the interface by issuing the following in the same terminal
3. Now, try to ping or ssh your MintPPC iBook from another machine.
I am not a network guy and the above settings seems link firewall rules. They are lost when I restart the machine and I have to run them again. I hope someone can show me how to set them permanent.