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

From: Matthew J.
Sent on: Saturday, February 9, 2008 11:59 PM
Slack has a package management system, the best part of which is the
package is a gzipp'd tar ball.  simple is good. I used to run slack
every few years to get my barebones conf build chops back.



On Feb 9,[masked]:27 PM, spike grobstein <[address removed]> wrote:
> According to their website, Xen works on PPC and I've been dying to test it out. Unfortunately, I don't have powerful enough extra hardware to test it on (only a couple 350mhz b&w G3s).
>
> I think there is still plenty of reason to continue using PPC. There are some open platforms that use it (PegasosPPC) and IBM still makes PPC logicboards and they have that whole POWER architecture. Had I not just sold my G5 system, I'd retire that into a linux server position. I wish I had taken the time to try xen out on that. It would have been a killer platform for such a project.
>
>
> ...spike
>
>
>
> On Saturday, February 09, 2008, at 08:52PM, "Dan" <[address removed]> wrote:
> >It's too bad PPC is disappearing because there are some cool projects
> >that only currently work on PPC. One I like and plan to test out is
> >Mac on Linux. It's VM for OS X but only works on PPC.
> >Check out Slackintosh too. It's a port of Slackware for PPC. I haven't
> >used Slackware much but the slackintosh distro looks like its fairly
> >complete.
> >
> >
> >On Feb 9, 2008, at 6:13 PM, Matthew Jording wrote:
> >
> >> 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.
> >>>
> >>> 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.
> >>>
> >>> 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.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> ...spike
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> 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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