: I have a few questions I've been pondering regarding Mklinux and
: LinuxPPC, Since there don't seem to be any mac-specific linux newsgroups
: <please correct me if i am mistaken>
You're mistaken, or at least nearly so. Try comp.os.linux.powerpc
(I've added it).
: I thought I might be able to get a decent answer from you folks..
: Anyhoo.. I have just received a new external 4 gig drive and formatted it
: into 4 1 gig partitions <the minimuim file size is still 32k - which i
: thought partitioning would fix, but oh well.. HFS+ awaits.. sorry> One of
: these I thought I might install Mklinux on <my mac is an 8100 clone, and
: thus nubus, and thus Mklinux would be the only option> and use to learn
: Linux, C, X windows, and all sorts of other fun stuff.
Partitioning _did_ fix it. If you hadn't partitioned it this way,
the block size would be 4x as big, or 128kb. You could fix it even
more by using more partitions.
: My questions are these: If I install Mklinux on one partition of this
: drive, can I put a MacOS systme folder on a different partition and still
: use it as a startup disk for MacOS? IF so, then how do I get the machine
: to start up under Mklinux?
Yes, this is possible. But you probably want more than one partition
for MkLinux, even if their sizes only add up to 1Gb of the 4Gb you have.
You'll probably want to use three: root, usr, and swap. You could use
just two, one root+usr and one swap. MkLinux doesn't suffer from
increasing partition sizes the way HFS does, but it does need to
have a swap partition, separate from other partitions, for VM to work
(unlike MacOS, disabling VM is not an option with Linux). All of them
must be A/UX formatted (i.e. an HFS-formatted partition isn't going to
As for booting, MkLinux includes an extension that allows you to
choose which OS to use at boot time. You'll get a dialog box with
a MacOS button and an MkLinux button, and the system will boot to
whichever you choose. It also times out after 8 or 10 seconds,
booting to whichever one you've set as the default.
: Is it possible to run Mklinux and MacOS at the same time? One running on
: top of the other, in an emulated mode, etc?
No. They're separate operating systems. You need to reboot to switch
from one to the other.
: Is all this really pointless? Should I just buy an old PC and install
: Linux on that? I'd really like to have the best of both worlds <X Window
: and MacOS being the worlds>
It really depends on what you plan to do with the Linux system. The
only real limitation of MkLinux as compared to PC Linux is that it
has fewer commercial applications. But it does come with X, gcc,
emacs, etc, etc, and is a full Linux OS. There's even Netscape
for MkLinux now. So unless you have some specific commercial
Linux app that you need, you're probably better off sticking with
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