Re: [linux-392] Best Linux distro for PPC

From: Matthew J.
Sent on: Saturday, February 9, 2008 6:13 PM
Yeah PPC is no longer the redheaded stepchild of distro target
architecture, but seeing as noone is building with ppc anymore at
least for commercial boxen.

I've heard some bad news as far as ubuntu ppc so I was a bit anxious
about putting it together but seeing as the box will not be shipping
today. I've installed ubuntu and it performs decently. Next Fedora,
then maybe a roll your own distro.

-Matt

On Feb 9,[masked]:59 PM, spike grobstein <[address removed]> wrote:
> Although Ubuntu has "dropped" PPC support, it's still a great distro for PPC. I had it on my Powerbook before my roommate broke it, and I have it on a PPC server or two that I set up for contract work. Ubuntu being the great desktop OS that it is, I think that should be a no-brainer.
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> Personally, I'm not a fan of Fedora. It feels sluggish, even on new hardware, and it just feels like it's got everything and the kitchen sink installed.
>
> If it was being used as a server, I'd recommend Gentoo since PPC repositories typically (in my experience) have a lot of holes in them on many distros. Gentoo pretty much supports everything except a select few packages; the desktop may be a different story.
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> There's a PPC version of most distros, now (it's not 2000 anymore), but there isn't quite as much support for them as with x86 and x64.
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> ...spike
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> On Saturday, February 09, 2008, at 12:40PM, "Matthew Jording" <[address removed]> wrote:
> >Thanks Asif. I think that the advantages of open source on a remotely
> >administrated network is extraordinary. Standards and my own
> >familiarity with linux make supporting them that much easier. I am
> >going to go with Fedora. I'll let everyone know how it works out.
> >
> >On Feb 9,[masked]:27 PM, Asif Youssuff <[address removed]> wrote:
> >> Matthew Jording wrote:
> >> > I am about to install linux on an old macbook and ship it out to family.
> >> >
> >> > Does anyone have a favorite distro for the PPC?
> >> >
> >>
> >> This is probably going to come off as crazy... but why not just upgrade
> >> the RAM if necessary and go with an install of OS X?
> >>
> >> You get Flash support, it runs quicker than Linux, and the family gets
> >> to run mainstream software.
> >>
> >> I'm running ppc linux (debian unstable) on a Power Mac G4, and I wish I
> >> wasn't sometimes... the slowness (which was bearable on OS X) is really
> >> annoying.
> >>
> >> Just my 2 cents.
> >>
> >> -Asif
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