updated 10:50 am EST, Thu February 16, 2006
Linux on iMac Core Duo
Members of the Mactel-Linux effort today announced that they have managed to boot Linux on a 17-inch iMac Core Duo, and devoted special thanks to one user in particular for his efforts. Mactel-Linux is the effort to adapt the GNU/Linux operating system to Intel-based Apple Macintosh hardware, which requires changes or additions to various parts of the Linux operating system. Such parts include the elilo bootloader, the Linux kernel itself, and several device drivers. "Using elilo and a modified Linux kernel, we can boot the kernel and run executables in the initrd on the 17-inch iMac Core Duo. We are using the hacked vesafb driver to inherit the bootloader's video mode, interrupts are up and some drivers work." The team writes on its website that instructions and patches are forthcoming, slated to be made public this weekend.