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)
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[ Thanks to Ladislav Bodnar for this
"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