Re: Is Linux much easier to install on 68k or PPC?
I was not aware that linux ran on any apple machines. As a Mac (68040)
user, I've searched around the net quite a bit. The M68k linux
apparently only runs on M68k architectures except Mac (Amigas and
such). I don't know if there is such a thing as an M68k apple
(non-Mac). If there is, it's pretty darn old, and you're not going to
get much help with it--if it even runs the M68k linux. As for PPC, Apple is
supporting a port of linux to this architecture, layered over the Mach
microkernel (MkLinux). The mach approach irritates linux purists to no
end, but apparently MkLinux is approaching real functionality. It's at
developer release 2 now, see http://www.ptf.com (Prime Time Freeware)
the primary distributor of MkLinux.
Can't answer the installation question, but right now intel linux, if not
easier to install, will be easier to use and support--much bigger user
base. In my opinion, M68k linux has just recently begun to approach
intel linux functionality, and is doomed to fall behind as that
architecture becomes more and more orphaned.
In a nutshell, follow the advice below.
On Tue, 14 Jan 1997, Keith Leonard wrote:
> very sound advice, I'm running on an AcerAcros and you can't get much more
> generic than that. with a 14" monitor and all standard IDE stuff. Nary a
> problem installing Linux on this or my 'OLD' IBM laptop. Even the SB PNP16
> sound card works flawlessly ($99). Unless you absolutely need an Apple
> stay away from all that high priced proprietary stuff.
> Well, that's my $0.02 worth
> On Tue, 14 Jan
> 1997, Nathan L. Cutler wrote:
> > >>>>> "Jim" == Jim Blaney <Jim.Blaney@cais.cais.com> writes:
> > Jim> Can anyone give me non-emotional advice on whether Linux
> > Jim> would install "much easier" on an apple system than on an
> > Jim> intel box?
> > Jim> If my goal is to buy a used computer that has the best shot
> > Jim> of getting Linux up in a hurry, what should i get? I realize
> > Jim> this could be a loaded question, but I really need to know.
> > Since you asked for advice, here's mine: Buy an intel box consisting
> > exclusively of inexpensive components. You're almost certain not to
> > have any trouble. For example: standard no-name PCI motherboard with
> > 256K synchronous cache, Intel or AMD Pentium-type chip (midrange Hz is
> > the best bang for the buck), on-board dual port IDE controller,
> > standard IDE hard drive or two (in the 1-2 Gb range, again, best bang
> > for the buck), no-name S3 Trio 64 type video card with one or two Mb
> > of memory, any fairly good 15" digital monitor. It's best, if you can
> > hack it psychologically, to buy individual components and put your box
> > together yourself. If your number one priority is to get a box up and
> > running as soon as possible, this is the way to go. Don't mess with
> > SCSI or any brand-name products whatsoever. If you need a CD-ROM,
> > insist on an IDE/ATAPI-type, not one that connects to a special card,
> > Soundblaster, SCSI bus, etc. You'll only get into trouble. You'll
> > most likely get it to work eventually, but is it worth the hassle?
> > HTH and Good Luck.
> > --
> > Nathan L. Cutler
> > Linux Enthusiast
> > http://www.cise.ufl.edu/~nlc
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