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Re: QUIK on the 7200

At 1:25 AM -0700 7/7/2000, C.M. Connelly wrote:
"EB" == Ethan Benson <erbenson@alaska.net> writes:

   EB> frankly i would suggest selling the damn thing and getting
   EB> a newworld box (a used imac or something) nobody is testing
   EB> kernels on 7200's and nobody other then Dan seems to give a
   EB> damn whether quik works or not.  oldworld macs are a total
   EB> nightmare for running GNU/Linux.

That seems like a pretty short-sighted and wasteful attitude.

Not everyone can afford to buy a ``new world'' Macintosh to run
Linux, and not everyone *needs* the power of a newer machine.  If
*I* could afford a new Mac, I'd wait 'til I could run Mac OS X.
If I were going to buy a new machine just to run Linux, I'd
probably buy a PC just to get past the annoying incompatibilities.
And if I really wanted processing power, I'd buy an Alpha.

As things stand now, however, Linux is one of the few operating
systems you can run on older Mac hardware that gives you decent
performance.  I have a PowerCenter 132 (allegedly a 7200 clone).
I still use MacOS apps so I'm using BootX to boot Linux, and the
machine runs great -- I've been using it as my main system for
over a year now.  For my needs, it's just fine.

I have to agree, I've got 3 old macs (7200, SuperMac c500 & PowerCenter Pro) that I currently run LinuxPPC on. The last computer I bought for the purpose of running linux was a PC. This was because a) I could assemble the pieces with no OS pre-installed, and b) it was cheaper (God I wish IBM's PPC POP boards were available). my iBook will continue to run MacOS until the iBook kernel is a bit more stable (although I am running debian in VirtualPC on it).

The old boxes have Linux because it keeps them useful, something the MacOS hasn't been able to do for several releases.


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