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Soc7777777
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?

vollspacken
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... ;)

vSpacken

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

Macmaniac
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.

blue&whiteman
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.

Soc7777777
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

gekko513
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.

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

http://www.linuxiso.org/

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

blue&whiteman
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

http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/apple/g564bit.shtml

7on
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.

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

cb911
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

Mord
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?

janey
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.