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Linux Journal: The Penguin in the Apple

Aug 28, 2003, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Leonardo Giordani)

"Apple solutions are based on PowerPC processors and adopt solutions such as widescreens, gigabit Ethernet and wireless cards on board. Notebooks with this ind of hardware have been taboo for Linux until a short time ago; as recently as 2000, installing Linux on a x86 notebook was considered work for experts. Now, we not only can run Linux on this hardware, but we also can claim it to be the best.

"Apple, moreover, has been extremely intelligent in its relationships with the Open Source community. Even though Apple continues to develop, support and sell closed-source solutions (Mac OS X), they have shown great interest in the Open Source world and have released the kernel of OS X (Darwin) under an open-source license. Under such circumstances, it is not surprising that more Linux users are approaching Apple solutions, which are innovative and not hostile to open-source solutions.

"In this article we discuss the Apple PowerBook, covering the hardware features and the installation of Gentoo Linux and trying to understand if it really is a good choice for Linux users..."

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