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Ext2: x86 User Installs Linux on an iMac

Nov 26, 1999, 17:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Kennedy)

[ Thanks to Rob Kennedy for this link. ]

"It's November, 1999.. my father-in-law has an iMac that he wants to sell.. I talk him into giving it to me for Christmas.. I get it early. Mac can't be all that bad.. if you can run Linux on it.. and I could use another box. Welp.. what distribution should I go with for this first generation iMac? I went with YellowDog Linux since I already had a contact there (Dan Burcaw.. nice guy). I emailed him, and asked for a review copy of "YellowDog Linux Champion Server 1.1" (now to be referred to as 'ydl' in this article). A couple days later, I received a totally cool 'trapper keeper' of Linux cds/info/bumper stickers. Go take a look at the site to see this thing (http://www.yellowdoglinux.com)."

"So I decide to go ahead, and plunge into this. I should mention that without the 'ydl' installation notes that came in the package.. I would have been totally lost in the beginning. Here we go...."

"I Booted up the iMac with the MacOS cd in the drive, and held the 'c' key to boot off of it (nifty trick). Next was to initialize the drive. Since it looks like we need to have a minimal Mac OS installed. I made two partitions with Mac's 'drive utility' program (one hfs, the other unallocated), and proceeded to install the Mac OS."

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