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Linux distros for the Power Mac

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    rjdohnert

    Any good ones?  I have used Yellowdog before but was wondering about the SUSE, Ubuntu or any of the other various PowerPC's distributions.

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    rjdohnert

    Well I guess no one knows of any. 

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    ddewbofh

    Ubuntu works great, better than yellowdog and fedora imo. It's well up to par with the x86 version (it's identical afaik).

    Good luck
    /Dave

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    TimP

    Yellow Dog has the distinction of being called a "Value Added Reseller" by Apple. Other than that I'd go with whatever your favorite x86 distro is because most of them run on ppc too.

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    ddewbofh

    Only reason they have that label is probably because they sell apple hardware. Their distribution is total crap and I find it _very_ hard to believe that Apple supports the distro. They don't even support hardware that the newer kernels support.

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    ddewbofh

    The ibook is a whole different deal, there's been a lot of issues with linux and the powermacs. One notable thing is that sound _still_ doesn't work properly on the powermac g5. They've been at it since the relase. Smiley

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    Maurits

    rjdohnert wrote:
    Well I guess no one knows of any.


    This is a Microsoft forum.  Not a good place to ask about what versions of Linux run on Mac.  Furrfu.

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    rjdohnert

    In case you havent noticed we do have some Linux users here and I was polling them for their best advice.  Im considering going to Linux on my iMac and iBook and going FreeBSD for my x86 desktops.

    Maurits wrote:
    rjdohnert wrote: Well I guess no one knows of any.


    This is a Microsoft forum.  Not a good place to ask about what versions of Linux run on Mac.  Furrfu.

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    Cairo

    rjdohnert wrote:
    Any good ones?  I have used Yellowdog before but was wondering about the SUSE, Ubuntu or any of the other various PowerPC's distributions.


    There's always NetBSD.


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    Rossj

    Or indeed OpenBSD or FreeBSD. I tried Ubuntu a few months back and it was okay, but I seem to recall some packages not having been ported to PPC at the time.

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    Jonathan Monreal

    rjdohnert wrote:
    Any good ones?  I have used Yellowdog before but was wondering about the SUSE, Ubuntu or any of the other various PowerPC's distributions.


    Gentoo Linux is pretty good if you allready know something about Linux or need to do some coding.  http://www.gentoo.org/ BTW the package CD does not contain the distribution, but the Gentoo Linux has PowerPC distributions.

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