Discussion in 'macOS' started by kain, May 18, 2008.

  1. kain macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I'm thinking of installing Fedora Linux on my iBook G4 since Ubuntu likes to give me errors and Yellow Dog is boring. Anyway, I wanted to know what file type Fedora (or Linux in general) supports? Just for general downloads, if I wanted to download an application, could I download a .dmg like Mac or is it some other file type that is run exclusively by Linux? And can I use applications like Word and iTunes?

    Also, does anyone know what the best/most stable version of Fedora is? I've tried installing Ubuntu on my hd multiple times and kept getting errors, so I wanna get it on the first try with Fedora. Thanks!
  2. Slothapotamus macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Fedora uses the RPM package system, which isn't as good (or so I've heard) as Ubuntu's package system. The current released version (i.e., not a beta version) will obviously be the most stable version to run. Note though, that Fedora doesn't support mp3; instead they make extensive support available for OGG compression. In other words, Fedora doesn't come with any software that can play or convert mp3 files. The people at Fedora have some weird belief that mp3 has become too commercialised and, as a result, corrupt (in the moral sense rather than the file integrity sense).

    Personally, I believe it's an exercise in futility to install any Linux based OS onto a Mac. Mac OS is built on BSD (which in turn is Unix based), and has Unix certification. What more security do you need? If you're really looking to use Linux, get an old PC from salvaged parts and install Ubuntu on that. Don't waste your Mac hardware on an operating system designed by and for hobbyist's and malcontents.
  3. TH-Gunner macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2008
    No offense at all, but seeing how you don't know what package manager/file type Fedora uses, I don't think you should go about trying to install it on a Mac. Unless you're doing it just for testing purposes or to mess around with.

    Anyway, Fedora uses RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) since it's based on Red Hat. It's a bit more difficult to use than Ubuntu, but I think it's more powerful.

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