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Bloggie asks, Linux on a Mac?

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?

Dear Bloggie:

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.

Skipper

Dear Skipper:

Since you use Mac OS X I assume you've got a Power Mac. 

MK LinuxMkLinux 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.)

Paul?

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:

  1. 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,
  2. 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?

Bloggie