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Linux Coming to Power Mac G5 67

Justen writes "Terra Soft, the people behind Yellow Dog Linux (YDL), announced that they will be supporting the new Power Mac G5. Since they are an Apple Authorized Reseller, you can purchase your Power Mac G5 through Terra Soft and have YDL pre-installed on a separate partition from Mac OS X. According to Terra Soft, 'as Yellow Dog Linux was in 2000 enabled for the IBM Power3 by IBM Lab and Linuxcare, and subsequently for the Power4, the effort to support the 970-based Apple computers is anticipated to be completed with relative ease.' Life is good. Anyone wanna loan me $2,000?"
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Linux Coming to Power Mac G5

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  • by agent dero ( 680753 ) on Tuesday June 24, 2003 @05:38PM (#6288778) Homepage
    Maybe you should stop posting the same message [slashdot.org] over and over again, and realize that your machine doesn't run OS X, and you point is not valid at all.

    This thread is about the new G5 and Yellow Dog Linux, not your problems with your old powermac, that won't even run YDL without BootX, which makes running YDL slow as hell.

    Stop booing Macs because the one you run is old, and especially when your problem is the hard drive, you can stick a 7200RPM drive in any machine to make this excercise faster, mac or PC.
  • by trouser ( 149900 ) on Tuesday June 24, 2003 @08:29PM (#6290102) Journal
    Actually I'd say you're the one who missed the point.

    Pretty much all Linux apps can be compiled for all supported architectures and the pre-compiled binaries are available in several popular distributions (YDL, Debian and Gentoo spring to mind).

    Besides, that's not why I, and I suspect many other folks, run Linux. It's free of restrictive licenses, you can get the source code to everything, you can reconfigure pretty much anything to work the way you want, you can become actively involved in the development of apps, drivers, the kernel, etc.

    OSX is closed. Darwin is only a little bit open. You can see the source but there are a lot of licensing restrictions imposed on what you can actually do with it.

    Since Linux works very well on my Mac hardware and doesn't impose the limitations of OSX it's what I prefer to run most of the time, though my system is dual boot. Best of both worlds really.

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