SDB:PPC: Which PowerPC computers are supported by SuSE Linux

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Version: 6.4 - 7.3

A current list of supported hardware for OpneSuSE and current SLES can be found here: Supported_PowerPC_hardware


You have a PowerPC and would like to install SuSE Linux. The following list tells you which particular PowerPCs are currently supported or known to work, respectively.

At this time, there are many manufacturers who use PowerPC processors. Not every computer is supported just because the processor is supported, however, the entire architecture of the machine must work as a whole.


Basically, every computer with a PCI bus should work. Machines with a MCA bus or NuBus will not work.
We know that at least the following machines work with SuSE Linux 7.1 PPC:

Apple Powermacs and clones:

Preliminary remark:

Computers made by Apple often have the same name over a long period even if the underlying hardware changes sometimes significantly. Because of this it may happen that some special features will not be available on some machines even if the machines itself is claimed to be supported.

- Supported:

So called "OldWorld" Macs:
  • PowerMac 72XX, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, 9600
  • Performa 5400, 5500, 6360, 6400, 6500 (the internal modems in these models are not supported)
  • 20th Anniversary Macintosh
  • PowerMac G3 beige
  • PowerBook 2400, 3400, G3 1998
  • Problematic: 4400, 7300, 8200
So called "NewWorld" Macs:
  • PowerMac G3 B&W, G4
  • iMac
  • PowerBook G3 1999, G3 2000
  • iBook
  • PowerMac G4 Cube, PowerMac G4 SMP

This listing refers to computers which were introduced before/in Autumn of 2000. Newer computers (2001 models) may not be supported, even if the names are identical to those listed above!

At the moment we know that the G4 with 466 MHz and an ATI Rage graphic card will work. The new G4 Powerbooks will work too, but with some limitations regarding ethernet and sound (they don't work).

- Not supported:

Apple Cronology

  • January 2002
    • flatpanel iMac: not supported
    • giga hertz G4: not supported
  • October 2001
    • iBook and Titanium PowerBook need at least kernel 2.4.16. However, the installation is possible with 7.3-ppc. If in doubt, boot the installer from the OpenFirmware prompt:
boot cd:,install video=ofonly
    • the built-in modem is not supported because it is a 'WinModem'
    • you need a newer kernel for SuSE 7.0 or 7.1
  • January 2001
    • Installation will work fine with 7.3-ppc. nVidia cards are not supported.
    • These machines have a newer firmware, the bootloader is unable to open the textmode
    • iMacs can be used with 7.1
    • Cube, Titanium Powerbook G4 can be used with 7.1
    • G4 can be used with 7.1, the Radeon and nVidia cards are unsupported, remove the SCSI card, onboard ethernet may not work
    • iBook2 works (unconfirmed), enter "boot cd:,\\yaboot" on the firmware prompt.
  • August 2000
    • These machines have a newer firmware, the bootloader is unable to open the textmode
    • G4, Cube, iMac, iBook, Powerbook can be used with 7.0, kernel 2.2.18 recommended
    • the available Radeoncards are unsupported

Umax Macintosh clones

- Supported

  • Apus 2000, 3000
  • SuperMac C600, C500, C700, S900
  • SuperPulsar DP


- Supported


- Supported

  • PowerCenter 120, 132, 150, 166, 180

IBM iSeries

- Supported

IBM RS/6000 / pSeries

For the following group of IBM machines (Supported by SuSE), SuSE had the opportunity to test Linux on these machines and will provide installation support. The second group (Use of SuSE Linux possible) is known to work, but we do not know this for sure; thus, we cannot guarantee anything and cannot help you with these machines. The last group should be self explaining.

Not all parts (e.g. some graphics cards) that IBM has been shipping with their hardware are supported by Linux!


This page gives information about which machines SuSE supports with the current release of SuSE Linux PPC. IBM uses the term "support" in a different way. If you are interested which machines are supported by IBM, please have a look at the following page:

- Supported by SuSE

  • RS/6000 43P Model 133 (version 7.0 - 7.3)
  • RS/6000 B50 (version 6.4 - 7.3)
  • RS/6000 150 (version 7.0 - 7.3)
  • RS/6000 170 (version 7.0 - 7.1)
  • RS/6000 260 (version 7.0 - 7.1)
  • RS/6000 270 (version 7.0)
  • pSeries 640 (version 7.1)

- Systems that require the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (NOTE: At the time this document was written, this meant SLES 7 -- These systems may not work on later versions of SLES):

  • 43p 170
  • 43p 260
  • 43p 270
  • pSeries 610
  • pSeries 620
  • pSeries 640
  • pSeries 660

This machine may run Linux in a very experimental way (currently not supported!):

  • pSeries 690

- Use of SuSE Linux possible

  • IBM ThinkPad 850 (version 7.0 - 7.3)
  • RS/6000 F50 (version 6.4 - 7.1)
  • RS/6000 43P Model 140 (version 7.3)
  • RS/6000 43P Model 100/120 (version 7.0 - 7.3)

Other models with RS64 III, RS64 IV, POWER3 or POWER4 cpus might work.
Due to the lack of correspondending hardware we can neither test nor support those systems. Feedback about successful boots are welcome.
A list of supported models can be found here:

- Status unknown or not supported

  • RS/6000 200, 220, 230, 250
  • RS/6000 E30, E40, F30, F40, H50, H70, F80, S70, S80, SP
  • all models with POWER or RS64 II cpu
  • all other RS/6000 not mentioned here.
  • MCA hardware does not boot

Have a look at the mailinglist archive at

Note that all IBM machines require kernel version 2.4 and later.
2.2.16 works on B50 and F50.

Amiga APUS systems

- due to the lack of Linux kernel support we cannot provide support for these systems.

Further information about supported PowerPC machines can be found at However, those computers have not been tested by SuSE and often need a specially patched Linux kernel.
Every machine tested by SuSE will be explicitly named here in this list.