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Old 05-26-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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LXer: Giving New Life to Old Macs With Linux

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If you've run older PowerPC-based Macs in your businesses you may be wondering what to do with them now that Apple has made the transition to Intel, and the G3, G4 and G5 processors are beginning to show their age. Paul Rubens suggests scrapping OS X, and turning the machines into servers or workstations running Linux.

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Its an interesting article, though I would say for low spec macs like my G3 (rev 4) Imac (333mhz 256mb ram, 40gb hdd) Xubuntu would perform (better than ubuntu) on such low specs. At the moment it runs OSX Panther ok, which feels little sluggish on the web these days. I also have a 400mhz 'Sawtooth' G4 which I have upgraded with 80gb and 60gb hdds, 2GB ram (4x 512 sticks), DVD writer and gigabit nic. This performs fine with OSX Tiger so I'd only consider Linux on it if I could dual boot (howto anyone?) or if Tiger became obsolete/no longer updates.


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