Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 14th Feb 2003 03:57 UTC, submitted by ladislav
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris "For the last few weeks I have been reporting on the development cycle of Mandrake 9.1. Then, the presence of an ISO image for Mandrake PPC 9.1 Beta 1 piqued my curiosity, and some days later two ISO images for Mandrake PPC 9.1 Beta 2 were made available on the various mandrake mirrors. Among my obsol... err, I mean, my old computers, I have a 350 MHz iMac which hasn't seen much use for the last 8 months. So without any extraordinary expectations, I decided to attempt the installation of this different flavour of Mandrake Linux. I was in for a few good surprises..." Read the article at DistroWatch.
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good review
by iwbcman on Fri 14th Feb 2003 10:21 UTC

That was an interesting reiew. Having heard about Linux on ppc for sometime, but without really being able to get a grasp on the level of Linux support for that platform I was pleased to here that so much good Linux software runs -even on a somewhat antiquated iMac. Being able to take advantage of the great applications available for Mac, particularly OS9, which for the most part is still not available natively for OSX, and this within linux via MOL, means access to the great audio-video capabilities of these applications and the ppc rchitecture and all of this within an open networked environment based on open standards is simply wonderful...

I would only want an apple computer if I could also run linux on it. OS X sounds great, and from what I have seen it is really nice, but OS X is, as seen from the *nix side, ie. its underbelly, still in childrens shoes in contrast to linux. For me a computer which cannot run Linux is simply not a free computer, it need not run Linux, but it ought to be able to do so, and if it doesn't its only because a) the designers are purposefully trying to prevent it-which means they are scared or b) its not supported yet-and virtually all a's become b's somewhere down the line....

It is really a shame that Apple chose only to recognize a tiny subset of the advantages which the Linux/BSD OS environment bring with them. If they only would fully embrace the notion of open source and open development and carry this up and make available for the GUI software architecture present in OSX they would be offering a system which would be virtually irresistable-both the Linux/BSD and Macintosh communities would profit from this and OSX could become a really desired development platform drawing tens of thousands of developers. Perhaps one day Apple will really "get it"...after all it would be in their interest......