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developerWorks: Mad Mac Mini Multimedia Machine, Part 1: Load Linux on the Mac Mini

May 12, 2005, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

"This short series of articles shows you how to take a conveniently inexpensive, high-end PowerPC platform (specifically, an Apple Mac mini) and build it into a home multimedia appliance using Linux. At the end of the series, you'll have a stand-alone device that can play slide shows of images, audio, and movies, and that is controlled and administered from another machine using a standard Web browser.

"The PowerPC platform is very well-suited to this type of multimedia application, and the G4 with AltiVec used in the Mac mini is an exceptionally powerful and flexible choice. This first article introduces you to the hardware's capabilities and walks you through installing and configuring Yellow Dog Linux so you can delve into some application code in the next article..."

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