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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the myth of recycling old macs with ydl
by ramnook on Wed 26th Mar 2003 17:43 UTC

there is a persistent myth that you can regain use of older hardware with linux, that myth is bigger when it comes to macs and linux..

To whoever said here that you can put YDL 3.0 on a PowerBook 5300c, in order to have a cheap linux mac laptop for $60, you're wrong. Powerbook series 5300, 1400 and 2400 are PowerPC (that leaves the 3400, then the G3/G4s), but still based on the old NuBus standards, and no Linux distros will run of them so far (with the exception of MKLinux, a dead distro that hasn't seen much updating since 1998). Furthermore, pre-G3 Macs have to be PCI-based to run most PPC-flavoured distros.

YDL 2.3 is the ONLY Mac distro that worked on my 7300/200, but it's very slow when in KDE 3, lots of heavy disk access because it's holding on to swap memory, everything takes forever. I tried Gentoo, it wouldn't install at all, always had hardware conflicts with my built-in Ethernet (the Tulip-based cards seem to be hated). Mandrake 8.2 wouldn't even detect my hardware, just show me a screen of inits and come to a dead stop; I emailed them 2 months ago to get details, and I've received no answer. SUSE doesn't have downloadable ISOs, I'm unwilling to let the installation download everything off the net over my home connection, plus if the connection fails for some reason, the installation is a total failure.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy YDL is putting out a new version of its distro, but it's completely misleading to advertise such stuff as "wanna spiff up that 3400?" (from their site). YDL is an alternative to MacOS X, the hardware requirements are not nearly as high, but they're still higher than, say, a 1997 Powermac for running the desktop environments decently.