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DistroWatch: Mandrake PPC 9.1 Beta 2 - Mandrake Linux for the Rest of Us

Feb 14, 2003, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew D. Balsa)

[ Thanks to Ladislav Bodnar for this link. ]

"Apple hardware is of excellent quality, with some exceptions. In particular, I consider the iMac a prime example of engineering and design... except for the original keyboard and mouse, which I replaced with a generic USB 105 keys keyboard and a generic USB wheel mouse for this review. Additionally, since my original rev. E Blueberry iMac still had just 64MB of RAM, I decided to give it a boost by replacing its RAM with a single 256MB PC-100 SDRAM stick. The new keyboard, mouse and RAM came in at less than USD 45. The original 6.3GB hard disk is adequate for this review.

"I have just checked: used 350MHz iMacs are available on eBay these days for something like USD 200, sometimes with a lot more RAM and upgraded hard disks.

"You can find the full specifications of the 350MHz iMac on the Apple website or here. In October 1999, its performance could be considered mid-range. But Apple has moved on since, and modern iMacs are different in design and much faster. I was wondering whether my 4 year old iMac would run KDE 3.1 at all, or even at half-decent speed. So after downloading and burning the two ISO images for Mandrake PPC 9.1 Beta 2, I verified that the hardware was still functional and reinstalled MacOS 9.0.4 on an HFS partition (Linux cannot read/write HFS+ partitions yet, AFAIK), leaving more than enough empty space (4.2GB) for Mandrake Linux..."

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