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win32sux 01-13-2005 09:36 PM

GNU/Linux on the Mac mini???

please use this thread to share your experience and/or any info you have about running gnu/linux on the mac mini...


barryman_5000 01-13-2005 09:42 PM

It runs on the ipod but not the mini:

win32sux 01-13-2005 11:05 PM


Originally posted by barryman_5000
It runs on the ipod but not the mini:
thanks for the reply, but the thread is actually about the mac mini desktop computer, not the ipods or anything like that... hehe...


TMH 01-13-2005 11:35 PM

I'd go for gentoo on this one.

barryman_5000 01-13-2005 11:46 PM

Oh, sorry I forgot about that lol. Yeah, I'd go with gentoo as well . . . but yellow dog probably would run too ;)

win32sux 02-10-2005 06:25 PM

yellow dog linux 4.0.1 has been released and it comes with a lot of support for the mac mini... looks like it doesn't support the audio and/or the modem yet...

this "debian on the mac mini" page is nice - seems like the audio driver thing might be fixed soon (and hopefully the modem):

i also ran into this very interesting linux mac mini blog while googling, check-it-out:

I've decided to purchase a Mac Mini for use as my day to day computing environment. I'll be using Mac OS X for somethings, but my plans are to use Linux as my primary OS. I'll be recording my experience as it unfolds, starting with placing the order with Apple.

here's a mac mini thread i found at the gentoo forums:

i've heard the gentoo live cd is running well on the mini...

live cd's are a great way to make sure your mini runs linux as well as you want it to - before you actually do a linux install...

unwrittenlaw 02-10-2005 11:30 PM

i think you should go with gentoo


SlipAway172 02-11-2005 08:32 PM

sine it uses a mac CPU u would have to use a mac distro like yellow dog, i think mandrake ....look around

TMH 02-11-2005 09:27 PM

you can compile most gentoo packages for ppc (the architecture the mac uses).

win32sux 02-13-2005 02:11 PM

the "debian on the mac mini" page which i linked above has been slashdotted...

i am sure the discussion will be extremely valuable for anyone interested on running gnu/linux on the mac mini, so here's the link:


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