Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 10th Oct 2003 03:55 UTC, submitted by Kermit Woodall
Morphos This page is dedicated to providing information on running Linux on the Pegasos. ISO images included. We would love to see a better Yellow Dog Linux support and also Darwin on Pegasos.
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Re: Pegasos Platform Gets More Linux Support
by Eugenia on Fri 10th Oct 2003 07:56 UTC

At least this is what I would do if I was the creator of a PPC-based platform. Other OSes (openbeos, newos etc) don't matter as much at this early point. Genesi needs to have a good foot in the market with a strong and _well-supported_ OS product and THEN ask for such OS ports to enrich its platform. Genesi needs to focus more on *the* OS that can drive their hardware sales, instead of spending energy and money on small OSes that don't matter in the business.

This is what I would suggest as a business plan for the platform:

1. Darwin-based modified OS is the base of the Platform. Full support, full development, focus and engineering.

2. Work with external people --the way it works now-- to port YDL, MDK, SuSE, Debian and Gentoo to Pegasos. YDL and Debian should be the most important ones and should get the most attention and help. Linux is everywhere these days and it should be pursued as the No1 alternative to #1 Darwin main product. Genesi should be a supporter for Linux in the technical level and offer Services (for a fee of course) to companies who wish to run on Linux instead of Darwin on their Pegasos.

3. Open Source MorphOS under a strict license. Let MorphOS be the "cherry of the cake" in the Platform, the cute little OS that could, the geek toy that you can only find in the Pegasos Platform. Genesi should only be a packager/distributor for it, not a developer.

4. FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD. Help them make the port to the Pegasos Platform, but don't base any products upon it. Evaluate them every 6 months to see if you can or should base any Services or products upon these ports.

5. OpenBeOS, NewOS, Syllable, SkyOS etc. They don't matter for your business, stop spending energy on them. If they want to port by themselves, help them on the technical level, but don't spend too much energy on them. They can't bring money to the company. They are just fun.

That's my friendly opinion...