Linked by Peter Olsen on Tue 25th Mar 2003 00:41 UTC
Linux The new Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 brings recent Linux user interface improvements to the PowerPC architecture. Smooth, anti-aliased fonts and the clean, refined style of Red Hat's Blue Curve theme make this a beautiful creation to look at. There are screenshots here, though they aren't big enough to really do it justice.
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Here's why...and my own experience
by Terrell Prudé, Jr. on Tue 25th Mar 2003 20:19 UTC

Hello folks,

For a daily workstation, my experience with YDL 2.3 told me that 256MB and a 400MHz G3 makes it usable. You can do it with a 233MHz machine (the original CPU in my 9600), but the 400MHz chip makes it so that it's snappy enough for me to actually want to use every day. DRAM is definitely your friend with YDL, RHL, or anything else running X + either GNOME or KDE. I haven't tried running xfce on YDL, but xfce reduced the RAM requirements by about a quarter on my Red Hat 7.3 box (this is vs. GNOME). I assume the same would be true on YDL.

For a server, it's a different story. You don't need (and shouldn't run, IMO) X on a server. If you're running a file server (Samba or FTP, we'll say), or a (not enormous) mail server, 64MB DRAM and a 100MHz CPU will be fine. For a Web server (e. g. Apache), go with 128MB DRAM unless your requirements are pretty big. 200MHz is quite sufficient for that.

So, why YDL over OS X? OS X, despite its FreeBSD 4.4 kernel, is really geared toward being a workstation OS. YDL can easily (that's the key) be configured to do both. OS X requires the resource-intensive GUI; YDL does not. OS X is not, despite its FreeBSD roots, Free Software. YDL is. And finally, YDL will actually run on older Mac hardware, e. g. my 9600 + G3 card...at a decent clip...without having to go out on the Net and search for something like XPostFacto (everything for YDL is already on the CD). And finally, with all the GNU/Linux installations going into server farms, I'd rather work with something that I'm going to see lots of in the server racks, given my job, than OS X.

--TP