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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RE: She can't :(
by Ben on Fri 14th Feb 2003 12:30 UTC

I disagree about there being no need to run Linux on a new Mac. I'm just getting ready to buy an iBook. The first thing I'm going to do is repartition and put Linux on it. Why? It can do many things that OSX can't.

For instance:


I can run OS 9 and X at the same time within Linux. As I am a sysadmin, this allows me to support three OSs at once. As far as I know, other than running Basillisk, there's no way to run full Mac Classic under OSX.

- Network every which-way

With KDE I can use Konqueror to connect directly over SSH, FTP, SMB and more. While I am glad that Apple has started to use samba for Windows compatibility, what I have seen thus far sucks compared to Linux's level of integration. (At least in KDE.) Also, unless I'm really missing something in the Finder, there's no way to view files directly over SSH and FTP. With Linux (KDE, really) I can treat these files exactly as I would local files.

- Application support.

No, I'm not kidding. I've been a Linux user for fice years now. While for the most part OSX has the apps I want (OpenOffice, Mozilla, Dia, Gimp) I find that they often run slower under OSX. Moreover, some apps I use frequently, like Quanta and Umbrello, have not been ported to Mac. With Linux PPC I get the best of both worlds, as I can just run OSX in a window to get access to all of the fancy commercial apps that I may want.

For me, MOL is reason enough to put Linux on a Mac. I'm sure there are many more reasons, but those are the ones off the top of my head.

I'm still pretty new to Mac land, and I mostly like what I see thus far. However, OSX, while more to my taste than XP, is not the perfect OS either. I've been using Linux long enough now that I can't just let it go that easily. To be honest, my biggest reasons for considering an iBook are noise, size and battery life versus a PC laptop. The fact that it's a PPC has both pros and cons for me.

BTW, is there a free, simple MP3 player like WinAmp or XMMS available for OS X? I know xmms can be made to work with Fink, but I'm looking for something that doesn't require X.