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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by Pete on Fri 10th Oct 2003 08:12 UTC

First a minor issue with the autonomy of Darwin: Apple seems to update darwin with every few OSX updates. Can the wider community steer darwin to their own needs like they could with a linux distro? (i.e. the linux as kernel + distro vs. *BSD platform notion). Is forking of darwin permitted by Apple's license, if the need arose?

One would assume that Darwin has better hardware support for PPC than Linux, due to Apple's influence.

Someone might comment whether all the important drivers are in darwin such as airport extreme - or only with OSX. As I understand 802.11g isn't available for linux for the most popular chipset since it's manufacturer won't open up the specs.

I agree with Eugenia that darwin has potential but viability who knows. Perhaps Pegasos providing resources is just what fink/darwinports/gentoo alliance needs.

Licensing issues aside, the gnustep project might be a valueable ally, providing tools that work equally well under Peg-Darwin (gnustep) and OSX (Cocoa). My understanding of the opendarwin team, e.g. Jordan, is that they're keen innovate in providing a great OS foundation but reluctant to disclose anything in the 'closed' part. Releasing things under a compatible license might benefit Apple, even.

<< Begin Java troll. ;) >>

Though, if I had to run another OS on a PPC, for the moment I'd choose Linux. Why? Simple reason, IBM. If I wanted to run Java; use their JVM. Potentially other enterprise software such as DB2, Websphere etc could run on Pegasos Linux. This differentiates Linux from a hobby OS.

Don't count on Sun/IBM/Apple releasing Java for Darwin.