My main computer runs Windows XP. I have a second computer that runs MAC OS X 10. I would like to install a version of Linux on the MAC. Is this possible? If so what is the best version of Linux to use as well as easiest to learn.
Since you use Mac OS X I assume you've got a Power Mac.
MkLinux is the best version of Linux for the Macintosh. (That's their mascot over there -- cute, huh?) Apple actually helped out on the port, working along a French outfit, Silicomp.
There is a problem, however. It's not yet at Version 1.0, although you can download the pre-release version here .
The best known people in this space, however, are the folks at YellowDog Linux. I also hear Paul likes Ubuntu, which is an ancient African term meaning "humanity to others." (They also have a new release out today.)
You bet Dana - I've personally used both Yellowdog and Ubantu and happily recommend both of them. On the other hand, I do have an alternative suggestion for Skipper.
I'd consider going to Linux from Mac OS X a a bit of a downgrade - so why do it? especially when you've got an XP box handy for which any Linux would be an upgrade? Bear in mind two things:
- that it's all well and good to re-compile your own software, but its sometimes just plain easier to download and install binaries -of which there are lots for the x86 and not so many for PowerPC; and,
- dual boot sounds a lot better than it is - but the bugs are pretty much out of it for the x86 world: meaning that you'll be taking no real risk installing Linux as a boot option on that PC, but you will risk causing yourself a lot of grief on the Mac side.
Besides ( -:) ) keeping your Mac on OS X lets you experiment now with Microsoft's future interface - including the new Office stuff- so why give up a lead on your competition when you don't have to?
So there you have it, Skipper. Two answers in one. You can run Linux on a Mac, but do you really want to?