"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
"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
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