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IBM Developerworks offers Linux on Mac primer

updated 08:20 am EST, Wed January 21, 2004

Linux on Mac primer

IBM Developerworks has posted an interesting article titled , which evaluates four distributions of Linux for PowerPC machines: Debian, Knoppix, Yellow Dog, and Mandrake: "I found two of the distributions to be well polished and easy to use, right on par with the best x86 Linux distributions; the other two I would have to describe as "not ready yet." A few other distributions exist as well -- and more will certainly be created over time. I was not aiming to provide a thorough comparison of every distribution readers might choose to use, but simply to get a sense of the 'state of the art'..."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    How can anyone

    call any distro of Linux polised. Maybe one is put together better than another however they are all poor in comparison to Windows or Macintosh.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    yep

    agree

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    Xserve: OS X Server free

    He says OS X Server is $999 for the unlimited licence. That's true, but only if you get the OS after the fact.

    If you buy an Xserve, It's free for OS X Server with the unlimited licence.

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    Re: Xserve

    But if you don't want an Xserve, you still face the $1000 cost. Plus, upgrades ARE NOT free, so buy an Xserve today, pay $1000 in September for x.4.

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    OSX Server is not free

    > If you buy an Xserve, It's free for
    > OS X Server with the unlimited licence.

    No - part of the cost of every Mac you buy
    is the license fee. You can buy the OS by itself
    for $129 for Panther and $999 for the unlimited
    client version.

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    I agree re: OS X Server

    Of course, I already said in my original post above OS X Server costs $999 if you buy it after the fact.

    I was just pointing out that the wording of the article might make it sound like OS X Server is $999 regardless if you buy an Xserve or not, and that is not true.

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    go

    Linux. Its the first thing I do when getting a new machine, take out that OSuX.

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    Linux

    is like my brother's car. Looks like both inside and out to have been taken from the dump and dropped on his driveway, however lift the hood and you find an engine so clean and impressive you almost forget about the rest of the car. He inherited the RedNeck genes.

    Key word?

    Almost

    OSX doesn't have the engine of Linux, but it's very balanced and is much more serviceable by humans than Linux.

    I'm not attempting to "diss" Linux, I'm just hung up on that "polished" word.

    I just installed KDE and am now compiling Gnome 2.4 on my OSX box using Fink. You know, because I'm a geek.

    I understand that most management with Linux is done via CLI using vi, however any modern OS has a GUI of some sorts and having to look an use KDE all day would really annoy me. Gnome is better, however I cannot comment too much with 2.4. (Gnome 1.4 appears to be much more "Mac" like whereas KDE goes the "Windows" route) Screenshots are nice though they don't say anything about usability.

    I say Linux is coming along. For embedded servers that do not rely on real time operations where OS's such as QNX shines, it's a perfect fit. However to put Linux anywhere where humans other than the geek subculture are exposed to it day in and out would be considered torture in my book.

    Of course, my first exposure to a GUI was GEOS for the C64, followed by the MacOS and then Win3.1. So I suppose I'm a glutton for punishment.

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    Under the hood

    I have a Red Hat Linux 9 Server running netatalk and SMB services here at work. It is doing printer sharing, file sharing and the like. Samba 3.0 smokes on Linux- Netatalk is ok for the last remaining OS 9 folks- but man does Samba FLY on Linux!! I am very impressed at what is under the hood there with RH9. The distro is very stable and highly configurable. But I just can't imagine it as a Desktop OS for common users. KDE is just butt ugly, Bluecurve Gnome is OK (very OS X like actually in some ways) but the many desktop options and flavors that just pollute the simplicity of what should be a functional Desktop OS makes Linux still for servers only in my book....

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    2004

    2004 should be the year of the Linux Desktop.

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