Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Mar 2006 20:50 UTC
Apple Today, I decided to give Linux a try on my iBook. I've been wanting Linux on my iBook for a long time, but I've simply never had the time to do it. I ran the occasional PowerPC live CD, but live CD's are far cries from the real, installed thing. A second showstopper was that suspend never really worked-- and I cannot use my iBook without suspend. After trying out a new live CD yesterday, I found out that suspend on lid closure now worked mighty fine on Linux/PPC; hence, it was time to do the real thing. And oh how I was left surprised. Note: This is this week's Sunday Eve Column.
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Pretty decent article for a change.
by porcel on Sun 12th Mar 2006 22:22 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

Excellent article. Every day linux is improving to a point that the only reason someone should not be on it today is if they have a very specific application that they cannot otherwise run. Even then, vmware and similar software often solves the issue.

I believe that a dual OS X-Linux computer is much more useful and complete than a Windows-Linux dual-boot. I also think that you will eventually, in about 5-7 years, see Apple ship Linux pre-installed on their hardware. Apple cares about shipping hardware, lots of it, and once the Linux desktop reaches the Zen-like state for which it is heading, Apple would be foolish not to deliver their hardware to anyone who wants it.

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nicholas Member since:
2005-07-07

Why would Apple need to ship Linux on their machines if a standard distro will install on Apple hardware out of the box?

Anyone who wants Linux on it could just get a distro and install it themselves.

Apple will nexer provide technical support for someone elses operating system. It does not make financial sense to do so.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

" the only reason someone should not be on it today is if they have a very specific application that they cannot otherwise run. "

Or because they don't want to. If I had an iBook, I'd prefer to stick to OSX. But it's nice to know a LiveCD works so well if eneded.

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