I suspect Nick is 'banging my drum' a bit too hard on this one..!
Now, then; are we right in thinking that this is the 'beast' in question?
Specs-wise, Puppy would run fine with the hardware side of things.....but the fly in the ointment is that damn 800 MHz PowerPC 7445 (G4) processor you've got running in there. It dates from a period in history when the AIM conglomerate were in existence (Apple, IBM and Motorola), all working to help each other out, and generate new sales for themselves in the process.
The trouble with the PowerPC's was that they used a rather different type of architecture to everybody else; RISC, as opposed to CISC, which the majority of manufacturers went with. Many used or tried RISC in the late 80's/early 90's, but on the whole consumer grade CPUs ended up travelling the x86 path. This explains it to some extent:-
Now for the bad news. No-one, to the best of my knowledge (which is NOT extensive, believe it or not!), has managed to compile a Puppy distro on a PowerPC machine. It would have to be built from the ground up on such a machine in order for it to work correctly. A few people attempted it, some years ago now, but all the projects ended up being still-born.....apparently due, in the main, to problems with the compiler itself.
Are you able to upgrade the RAM on this beastie? Ideally, you would need at least double, if not four times the amount.....but machines of that vintage often didn't have the available slots to install the amounts you would need.
Edit:- According to this:-
...it will upgrade to 1 GB of RAM; but it's quite low spec RAM (only PC100/133). And accordingto this:-
...the two slots are in completely different locations on the machine. Not only that, but they're completely different types of module, too! One is a 144-pin SoDIMM, the other is 168-pin.....and both are SDRAM. Not the much more common type of DDR that is prevalent today. You can get it, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.....
There's also the problem of the Adobe Flashplayer. Adobe dropped support for PowerPC's back in 2011:-
.....and without Flashplayer, your web-browsing experience is going to be a bit bare, to say the least! That's assuming you can find a browser that will actually run on it. The whole problem hinges around the fact that although the PowerPC chips were in many ways far more capable than the alternative Intel x86 architecture, Apple themselves are the masters of 'planned obsolescence'.....the whole point of which is to make it so hard to run an older machine that you have to purchase a new one in order to be able to actually do anything..! And other people won't continue to develop software for an architecture that is fast becoming rarer than hen's teeth.
I hate to say it, but in light of the hardware side of things, I think you're going to have to 'bite the bullet' and just admit that this particular hunk of hardware is not going to achieve what you'd like it to. I know it's not what you want to hear, but just sometimes, ya gotta call it a day.....
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 27 June 2016 - 11:27 AM.
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