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AOSC OS System Requirements for PowerPC/PPC64-based Macintosh Computers

This page provides some general information and suggestions, in hope that it may aid in your choice from various AOSC OS variants provided for PowerPC 32/64-bit systems. Only processor, memory, display, GPU, and storage requirements are provided below.

Moreover, development, and container variants not intended for installation are not discussed here.


AOSC OS is provided with the following installable and bootable variants, each with their own features and implications on their system requirements. System requirements may vary greatly between different variants, but processor requirements are known for each architecture (although suggestions will be provided for each variant for ideal experience):

And provided with the following variants:


This variant of AOSC OS is intended for non-graphical and minimal installation, users are provided with basic tools for system management, text editing, network connection, and Internet connectivity support. This variant is suitable for server configuration with additional software packages installed.


A fork of GNOME 2, therefore less taxing on graphic card (GPU), this is not a lightweight desktop environment, however. Any G4-based or newer PowerPC systems should be able to run MATE just fine. MATE Desktop is built against GTK+ 3, a working GPU with 2D acceleration may boost desktop performance dramatically.

G3-class PowerPC systems will not be able to run MATE smoothly - anything older will obviously be less practical.


XFCE is a relatively lightweight, and fully modular desktop environment. XFCE has a smaller memory footprint, and takes less storage space. XFCE is based on GTK 3, thus its system requirements are similar to those of MATE Desktop. XFCE will run fine on G3 processors with higher frequency.


LXDE is lighter (yet) than XFCE, also fully modular, and based on GTK+ 3, performance shouldn't be an issue on most PowerPC systems, recommended for energy saving and higher-workload configurations.

i3 Window Manager§

i3 Window Manager variant of AOSC OS comes with Conky and i3block for system information monitor, and Compton for desktop composition support (disabled on framebuffer devices). This is the lightest variant that comes with a graphical interface, but also comes with a steeper learning curve.

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