Good Relationship? Mini Mac heart Linux

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by bobber205, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
    I figure I'm not a true geek until I can get my way around in Linux.

    And I figure it's the closest thing to windows I'll get to for quite awhile, so it would give me some experience outside of Mac OS's.

    So, here's the question. Should/Can I Put Linux (Red Hat Version) on my mini Mac?:eek:
  2. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    no ... not red hat -- unless something has changed i don't think there is a PPC version of red hat which is what you need to run on a G4

    i really liked yellow dog and that would work just fine on your computer

    just google for PPC linux Distro and you'll get what you need
  3. steelphantom macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2005
    You can get Ubuntu for your Mac mini. I've tried it on my iBook, and it works very well. I don't think it supports Airport Express, though.
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    If you want to be a "true geek", give Gentoo a try. It is an amazing (and in my opinion the best) distro of Linux. It is very hard to configure because it is more configurable than most other distros. If you can install and use Gentoo, every other distro becomes relatively easy to install and use. If you'd rather start off with something a little easier, I'll add a vote for Yellow Dog.
  5. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    The Redhat distro that I believe he means is the Fedora Core distro, which should work on a mac mini.
  6. Uma888 macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2005
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Real geeks use slackware, or slackintosh in this case
  7. applefan macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2003
    No. Cal.
    I installed Ubuntu on my Mini. It's a nice combo, but it doesn't support AP Extreme or Express as mentioned above. It sounds like the next release scheduled for April will though.
  8. BarfBag macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2004
    I'm a Linux user. My two favorite distros are SUSE and Ubuntu. Both have PPC versions. Ubuntu is the easiest (and fastest because of the rock solid Debian kernel). SUSE is good if you're a KDE person. In my opionion, it's the best KDE distro out there.
  9. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    Linux isn't quite ready for the desktop imo. You can do most of the stuff you'd do in Linux on Mac OS X anyway. But if you're going to take the plunge, Ubuntu is #1.

    Kubuntu for KDE nuts :)
  10. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    Nah... if you really want to be a true geek, then use LFS ;)

    To get into Linux, I'd recommend Kubuntu (Xubuntu isn't quite finished and Ubuntu is just plain fugly)
  11. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've been using SuSE since 8.2, and can't see myself using anything else in the near future. Ubuntu was too tricky for me, and I couldn't find anything similar to YaST in Fedora. I couldn't even figure out how to install Gentoo!
  12. jhu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    lfs is good to do once. afterwards, a binary only distribution makes more sense and takes less time.

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