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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:21 pm    Post subject: Yellow Dog Linux supports Mac mini Reply with quote

Yellow Dog Linux supports Mac mini
Wednesday February 9, 2005

Terra Soft's Solutions Inc. announced today that its PowerPC-based Linux implementation, Yellow Dog Linux, now supports the Mac mini and iMac G5.Yellow Dog Linux v4.0.1 is a Fedora / RPM-based operating system for PowerPC computers, offering an intuitive, flexible graphical installer, 1300 packages on 8 CDs (4 Install, 4 Source), a unified KDE and GNOME desktop environment featuring shared menus, applications, and user interface.

Based upon the 'Anaconda' installer engine, the Yellow Dog Linux Installer leverages automated, advanced hardware detection; provides on-screen help, flexible package selection, multiple install methods (CD-ROM, FTP, HTTP, NFS), default to ext3 journaling filesystem, embedded video testing, multiple ethernet and wireless port configuration, and automated partition creation.

Terra Soft - "Mac OSX is a great product, but if you desire complete control of your computer, prefer a common OS acrosss multiple systems old and new, Mac and PC, and desire improved performance on hardware you thought would never be used again --then Yellow Dog Linux is the best solution for you."

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you ever trade OSX for Linux? It makes no sense!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Would you ever trade OSX for Linux? It makes no sense!


It may make sense it your into linux and want to use the mini as a server. However for the average home user your better off sticking with OS X.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man.. don't even mess with yellowdog...

Try Ubuntu! You don't even have to install it as it comes with a live version cd (just burn it, boot from CD and you're off). I'm running it on all my x86 boxes (it's based off Debian).

http://www.ubuntulinux.org

Or for the direct PPC live image (a pre-release, but still pretty good):

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/hoary/array-3.5-live/hoary-live-powerpc.iso
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bubba wrote:
Oh man.. don't even mess with yellowdog...

Try Ubuntu! You don't even have to install it as it comes with a live version cd (just burn it, boot from CD and you're off). I'm running it on all my x86 boxes (it's based off Debian).

http://www.ubuntulinux.org


I never really heard of Ubuntu. What do you like about it?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that it's just like Debian except for a quicker release cycle. The only thing bad about Debian is the fact that the packages in the stable releases are ancient because of the way they schedule their release cycles. Ubuntu's release cycle is every 6 months... and you can upgrade versions without rebooting. And the thing I like about Debian is that most any package you want is right at your finger tips... "apt-cache search <package>" and "apt-get install <package>" and it will go out to the repository, download and install the package and required dependancies. Try doing either of those with Redhat....
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like Redhat but they have nice fonts. lol I have a dual boot PC with Windoooze and SUSE 9.0 on it. I'm really not a huge Linux user but I like to stay on top of things as a hobby. That is why I ask about Ubuntu.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
I don't like Redhat but they have nice fonts. lol I have a dual boot PC with Windoooze and SUSE 9.0 on it. I'm really not a huge Linux user but I like to stay on top of things as a hobby. That is why I ask about Ubuntu.


I have an triple boot with Windoze XP, Xandros 3.0 and Ubuntu. (2 Debian based, that's right) but I think OSX has a better hardware support... Linux has an host of free programmes, some of them excellent, a lot of them mediocre till awkward....
So burning cd's, printing covers, using Paint Shop Pro, all done under Windoze, the est (85%) under xandros. Since Ubuntu is shipped to your house for free, I have tried that too. Still it is a bit strange, as you cannot switch into 'root' mode. Not as logical as Xandros or even SuZe (I used 8.0 Pro). The standard install does not mount your other partitions automatically, the live cd does it, no questions asked...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Still it is a bit strange, as you cannot switch into 'root' mode.


Yes you can. 'sudo passwd'. Set a password for root then su or login as root.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bubba wrote:
James T. Kirkę wrote:
Still it is a bit strange, as you cannot switch into 'root' mode.


Yes you can. 'sudo passwd'. Set a password for root then su or login as root.


I'll have to try that. In a console or something?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ubuntu and Xandros?? You guys are KILLING ME!! Smile

To be fair, these two Linux distros do a LOT to bring Linux to the average user as they install with minimal user interaction, have easy-to-configure automated update options, and just plain work...

I'll stick to Gentoo...(which I will most CERTAINLY be dual booting with my OS X on my new mini)...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ubuntu and Xandros?? You guys are KILLING ME!! Smile

To be fair, these two Linux distros do a LOT to bring Linux to the average user as they install will minimal user interaction, have easy-to-configure automated update options, and just plain work...

I'll still to Gentoo...(which I will most CERTAINLY be dual booting with my OS X on my new mini)...


What's wrong with "and just plain work..."?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T. Kirkę wrote:
What's wrong with "and just plain work..."?

Absolutely NOTHING!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mavherzog wrote:
James T. Kirkę wrote:
What's wrong with "and just plain work..."?

Absolutely NOTHING!


LOL! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mavherzog wrote:

I'll stick to Gentoo...(which I will most CERTAINLY be dual booting with my OS X on my new mini)...


Hey, make sure you give us a nice writeup when you get a chance to try it.

I'm running Gentoo on my pc at the moment, and plan on giving it a try on the Mini, but I'm not expecting to get a chance to do that until this summer, probably... too much of my spare time is spoken for until then.

I'd be really interested in hearing how it goes if you give it a shot.
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