And yes, it surprisingly boots!
I opted for the network install, as I didn’t even know if it would work. But not only did the 32bit version of Linux for the PPC boot up, but the 64bit did as well! The flags were a little involved to get going, but it went something like this for the 32bit version:
qemu-system-ppc.exe -m 512 -boot d -hda debian-ppc.qcow2 -L pc-bios -M mac99 -net nic,model=pcnet -net user -cdrom debian-6.0.1a-powerpc-netinst.iso -boot d
And for the 64bit version:
qemu-system-ppc64.exe -L pc-bios -m 512 -hda ppc64.qcow2 -net nic,model=pcnet -net user -cdrom debian-6.0.1a-powerpc-netinst.iso -boot d
And then it’s a matter of waiting… Maybe I should have just torrented the install DVDs or something.. 😐
But booting from the hard disk produces a:
openbios panic: Unexpected exception 704
So close. Perhaps the macintosh machine type I select means the boot type isn’t PReP like for OpenBIOS to find?
I’ve also been told you can find various pre-built images here.