Affordable big endian machine to run debian
On May 26, 2010, at 8:42 AM, Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
For a toy project I am looking for a big endian machine where I
could run debian on it (of course!). I tried using qemu + a powerpc
image but running a C++ compiler / linker was extraodinarly slow.
G5 is just way to expensive for me. If possible I would like to
avoid having to buy a used machine on ebay. Can I find something in
the range [1000$ - 1500$] ?
Thanks a bunch !
Take a look here:
Apple PowerMac G4 Mirrored Drive Door Dual 1.25GHz G4, 512MB RAM/120GB
HD/DVD-R/ATI Radeon 9000 AGP Video.
Perfect for Debian. US$350. I'd recommend upgrading the RAM to 2 GB
(max for the box) and installing a USB-2.0 card (the MB has only
USB-1.1) which might add a couple of hundred dollars to the price --
still within your stated range.
I've bought stuff from them before (in fact, a similar machine) and
been very happy with the results.
The 1.25 GHz G4 processor is roughly the equivalent in compute power
to a 2 GHz Pentium, so it's a pleasingly quick little machine.
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