ok. bear with me, i've never had a mac or messed with one too much. so i bought a used cheap imac g3 to mess around with. yes its ancient. it was practically free. the store wiped it, so no os. i have my os x discs. i put disc 1 in and it doesn't boot the disc on startup, and i try pressing c or command shift option delete but still no boot. am i doing something wrong? when exactly do i press c, do i hold it? all that comes up is a gray screen and a small folder with the mac face switching to a question mark.
People there are always too busy talking about their shiny new Intel Macs. Those of us in the PPC ghetto don't feel welcome there anymore.
another question. i got this thing for free so i was excited to mess with a mac for the first time. i was also planning to possible dual boot some linux distro on it. but i'm learning and looking up stuff and i see that ubuntu and other distros require some ram. the imac g3 originally came with a measly 32mb! i really don't know much about installing linux. is there any linux distribution i can put on this thing for dual boot. its not worth it too upgrade the ram.
That thing won't run Leopard, and won't really run Tiger, so you won't be getting a particulalrly good view as to what using a Mac is currently like (or has been for 4 years). But, it's a nice start. Welcome aboard
No need for a Linux, OS X is a proper UNIX already and Macports.com has all the packages you could possibly need.
I would also not suggest running Linux on it, unless you're talking about running Fluxbox or something on, say, Linux From Scratch or similar. I'd keep ubuntu away from it. Depends on what you want to end up using it for.