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Old 10-01-2004, 06:34 AM   #1
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Smile Linux on an apple

. - - .Wel it is possible to install linux on an G5 or an i-book, but, is this recomended? There are software incompatibilities or any major trouble? Resume: What is the best choicefor a portable tux and a workstation tux?
Old 10-01-2004, 06:56 AM   #2
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It works cool. As I dont have an apple, I wouldnt know how well it works, but I know several people who do, they say it works great. Try Yellowdog Linux., it's designed for the PPC platform.
Old 10-01-2004, 07:25 AM   #3
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Mandrake has also (an old) distro for the PPC ; try having a look at 9.1 for PPC at
Old 10-01-2004, 09:30 AM   #4
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There are several PPC distros. The biggest challenges you will have with modern Macs are power control issues with the laptop, and lack of full support for Airport Extreme if that's what you use.

Current Linux distros can be run on any PPC Mac from an old PowerPC 7600 on up to the latest G5 models. Probably some earlier models as well, but I can't remember what came before the 7600 series.

Gentoo also has a PPC version available.
Old 10-01-2004, 12:31 PM   #5
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why not just use OS X? From what I have seen and read, it works great. And it's based on some flavor of BSD. Can't go wrong.


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