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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Other distro's
by metalslinger on Fri 14th Feb 2003 13:10 UTC

While this review is about mandrake I think that one other distro should be looked at. Yellow dog linux 2.3 < http://yellowdoglinux.com >.

I installed this on my iBook 600mhz G3 256 ram 20gb hdd. Everything (except the sound) went smoothly. I was even able to use my iBooks function buttons (mute/volume control, brightness/contrast, eject cd, etc...) very well. There was a strange bug with the sound that when I'd press mute the sound would cut to half volume (same if I lowered the volume all the way down). The display would show it muted but the sound was otherwise.

I think speed wise it was equal with osx 10.1 but 10.2 (jaguar) blew it out of the water. In the end I took linux off not due to any technical faults of the distro (it was absolutely what I would expect from linux) but due to ease of use. OSX is much easier to use and it's actually enjoyable. I can't say that about any other OS. I'm thrilled to run OSX everytime I boot my iBook.

But I digress. I think Yellow dog is superior to mandrake (which btw is derived from redhat for you who wanted a redhat distro on the ppc) in everyway (I got the graphical install to work first time with no hitch). Install is smooth from beginning to end (and I was particular about this point because I didn't want to lose any of my data on my osx partition). KDE was fast as was gnome and enlightenment. Good good distro... ;)