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CNET News.com: Make Your Mac a Linux Machine

Dec 15, 2000, 09:56 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

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"When most people think of Linux, they think of running it on an Intel x86-based (or compatible) PC. That's largely due to the perception of Linux as a threat to Windows systems. However, Linux distributions are often able to run on computers built around other processors, and Windows isn't the only graphical OS standing in the way of wider acceptance of Linux--there are plenty of Macs out there, too."

"We tested LinuxPPC 2000 and Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server 1.2, two of the most popular Linux releases for the PowerPC processor--the chip at the heart of most Macs--to see if running Linux on a Mac platform poses any unusual problems or challenges. We focused on differences with installation and setup, program and utility performance, and overall operating system performance."

"With Linux's modest hardware demands in mind, we dusted off an old Power Mac 7500, beefed up the system with 64MB of RAM so it could better handle X Windows, and added a 2GB SCSI hard disk for the Linux OS. Mac OS 7.5.2 was installed on the 1GB internal SCSI disk."

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