Can apple hardware run linux???

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Soc7777777, May 26, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2004
    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?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2002
    Boogie-Down Berlintown
  3. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
  4. macrumors 68040


    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.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    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.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2004
    what about a version that works with G5

    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
  7. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Yellow Dog Linux beta ISOs with support for G5s are available from Enhanced accounts.

    This means the G5 version will probably be ready in time for your needs.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    There are serveral PPC linux distro.

    just click on your choice of distro and see if the have a PPC verison.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
  10. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    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 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.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    how is the performance on knoppix? i don't have vpc to try ;)
  12. macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    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
  13. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    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?
  14. macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    Personally I prefer Gentoo ( 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

    As for Knoppix on VPC:
    Two screenshots, one fullscreen, playing with them during math class on my iBook :)
    And urm Fink sorta...whats the word...SUCKS.
    Try Darwinports ( 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.

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