Debian PowerPC Setup


You have to be connection because the install does not support wireless. You’ll end up with a non-functional system if you don’t have an ethernet wire connected during the install.


After everything is installed I’m still not setup with sudo permissions. One either has to add oneself to the sudo group, which results in having to type your password every time you issue a sudo command or create a file in /etc/sudoers.d with your name in it.

Solution 1: Add yourself to the sudo group:

usermod --groups sudo --append bill

Solution 2: Create a file in /etc/sudoers.d. I named it sudoers-custom:


Apt Package Setup

Append “contrib” and “non-free” to the lines in /etc/apt/sources.list so that you can get the necessary software.


Look at dmesg to get the device name. Mine is:

[   14.140849] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found (core revision 5)


sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

That installs the necessary firmware, but what the instructions don’t say is that you have to reload the kernel module (or reboot, which is silly) afterward to bring up the device.

sudo rmmod b43

sudo modprobe b43

Then you can configure your wireless settings via Gnomes network applet in the upper right corner of the screen.



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