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Installing Debian on an iBook

MacOS X is shiny, elegant and all, but it is excruciatingly slow on the iBook. Dog slow. Slow as molasses. It is barely usable. ….So I decided to install Debian Etch on this iBook.

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The problems: hotkeys were not recognised, and the wi-fi was not working. The first was easy to solve, just install pbbutton package. The latter is rather difficult. Apple use Broadcom chipset for the Airport Express card. The driver is included in 2.6.18 kernel, but the firmware is not distributed. After some googling found the solution is to install the bcm4xx-fwcutter package. I did just that but it failed to download the firmware, so I have to install the firmware manually.

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