View Full Version : Can apple hardware run linux???

May 26, 2004, 04:18 PM
i was just wondering whether apple hardware could run the linux OS.... i wanted to know this because i am going to be a computer science major and i know that the truman state comp science department is full of linux users and there are very few mac users... i was just wondering if i could combine the too and be a mac user running linux... also could i have the choice of sometimes running os x and sometimes running linux on the same machine?

May 26, 2004, 04:33 PM
well, go to Google.com (http://www.google.com), and type "mac linux distribution" (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=mac+linux+distribution&btnG=Search)...

woohoo, guess what, the results should answer your question... ;)


May 26, 2004, 04:45 PM
i know for a fact red hat works

May 26, 2004, 04:58 PM
I have heard of Yellow Dog Linux which runs on the Mac, I'm not sure if its still around but that could be a start.

May 26, 2004, 05:04 PM
there is also black dog linux from the same people that made yellow dog. black dog is geared to interconnecting G3 or G4 towers to combine the power like a smaller scale virgnia tech system. i'm sure by now black dog can also use the G5.

May 26, 2004, 05:06 PM
what about 64 bit support and working with the G5.... how does that work out..i read the google search site that came up and it said G3 and G4... but i was wondering about G5

May 26, 2004, 05:28 PM
Yellow Dog Linux (http://www.yellowdoglinux.com) beta ISOs with support for G5s are available from YDL.net Enhanced accounts.

This means the G5 version will probably be ready in time for your needs.

May 26, 2004, 05:43 PM
There are serveral PPC linux distro.


just click on your choice of distro and see if the have a PPC verison.

May 26, 2004, 06:53 PM
what about 64 bit support and working with the G5.... how does that work out..i read the google search site that came up and it said G3 and G4... but i was wondering about G5


May 26, 2004, 07:48 PM
Ah, Truman State. That's where I go. It's a nifty little place, and don't forget to join the TSU-MUG there. Just email mac@truman.edu in the fall and ask about it. Also don't be afraid to open iChat once and a while and use Rendezvous.

Also, don't forget VPC can run x86 distros of Linux if you need too. I use it to run Knoppix everynow and then.

May 26, 2004, 11:17 PM
how is the performance on knoppix? i don't have vpc to try ;)

May 27, 2004, 06:17 AM
oh yeah! :D Linux on Mac, sure is possible.

i've got Gentoo installed on my PB, just go and download the LiveCD, great stuff. :D

May 27, 2004, 08:05 AM
what practical use are you going to have for it because os x is unix based coplete with a commandline and you can run linux app's with fink so what really is the point?

May 27, 2004, 01:30 PM
Personally I prefer Gentoo (http://gentoo.org) on PPC, but it takes a long time to install, so beware.
Theres an exhaustive list of them, including but not limited to YDL, Gentoo, Debian, Crux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD (perhaps I should just say *BSD)...Plus there's a TON of other distros out there, theres a somewhat decent list on http://microsuck.com/

As for Knoppix on VPC: http://www.applegoddess.org/files/knoppix/
Two screenshots, one fullscreen, playing with them during math class on my iBook :)
And urm Fink sorta...whats the word...SUCKS.
Try Darwinports (http://darwinports.opendarwin.org) instead, even though it takes a little bit of time to install...NOT a good idea if you have a slow computer though.

If you're a CS major dont worry about Linux on PPC. I'm sure the developer tools will suffice :) you get gcc and xcode, blah blah...
Alternatively you can buy a $300 PC to run Linux.