Hi Scott H,
I recommend YDL. I just tried Mandrake 8 and it blew, and debian isn't very user friendly, LinuxPPC is DOA, and I've yet to try SuSE.
YDL has great little touches... like support for power management ('pmud') and sleep, turning off trackpad tapping on powerbooks, etc.
Also, being RPM based, there's shitloads of either .src.rpm's or .ppc.rpm's. Or you can compile from source.
Linux flies, FLIES on my PBG3 250 w/ the lacking Ati Rage pro 4MB vram accelerator. Also, X, the screen drawing/keyboard/mouse layer for GUIs, is at version 4.2 and is ROCK SOLID stable on my YDL 2.0 powerbook.
You can also dual-boot w/ OS9, and/or run Macos inside linux. <a href="http://www.maconlinux.org/sshots.html
And of course, some awesome free software. Galeon/Mozilla for hella fast web browsing, junkbuster for blocking ads/banners, squid for caching Domain Names locally, AbiWord/Open Office for M$ word compatibility.
Some prefer the KDE desktop, but I recommend Gnome because a)KDE looks like windows (albeit better/customizable) which is repugnant for a Mac user like myself, b)Gnome is financially backed by big players like Sun, c)if you use gnome, you can update both gnome and Yellowdog software using ximian's 'red-carpet', keeping packages current/stable/secure. <a href="http://www.stimuli.ca/linux/red-carpet.png
</a> Life is so much easier, as it handles all dependant packages as well. If you go with Gnome, go to ximian's site and follow their simple instructions. I'd also use the Duke University mirror (built in) option instead of ximian (for both the ximian gnome installer and red-carpet) as I get 150-200 KB/ sec on cable. (Well, except today) <a href="http://www.stimuli.ca/linux/rcdl.png
Feel free to email me at stimulusresponse at hotmail.com for any troubleshooting/tips.
[quote]why use linux at all? drop the hundred geenbacks on the world's most advanced operating system (OS X). after all, linux is just a rip off of unix. and os x is gui on top of unix. therefore, you should get os x. the power of crist compells you. OS X is great, and will only get better.<hr></blockquote>
is laughably innacurate.
1) (nitpick) Linux is a kernel (like Mach, etc)
2)*BSD is != AT&T Unix
3) The 'original' Unix was invented in 1967. Do you really want a 40 year old piece of software running your box? A lot can happen in 40 years!
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