> Hello All,
> I'm looking for advice on which Linux/MkLinux to install on my beige G3. I
> see a book/CD combo from PrimeTime Freeware, mention of a version from
> RedHat in their "RoughCuts" product, and now LinuxPPC from linuxPPC.com.
> Easy install and a high degree of compatiblity with my Intel-based RedHat
> system are priorities.
> Thanks for your help!
Basically, you can choose from LinuxPPC, MkLinux or Yellow Dog Linux for
compatibility with Red Hat (Debian PPC uses, well, Debian). All three use a
Red Hat-based installer and use RPMs, though YDL modifies things more than
others, mainly for security reasons. LinuxPPC R5, once it comes out, should be
pretty much the same as Red Hat 6, with glibc 2.1, the 2.2.x kernel, etc.
MkLinux is essentially riding piggyback on LinuxPPC's development, so that
applies to them, too--you can install LinuxPPC and then install MkL on top of
it (which basically amounts to just dropping the Mach Kernel and MkLinux
booter into your System Folder after installing LinuxPPC).
Here's the URLs for all the current PPC Linux derivatives:
MkLinux Apple homepage (this is the version on the PTF book)
The home of the MkLinux development team
The "commercial" home of LinuxPPC
The developers' home
Yellow Dog Linux
Debian's home (look under "Ports" for the PPC version)
And you can visit my homepage at http://linux.macnews.de/ for more Linux/Mac
info and news.
It's really up to you as to which Linux you decide to take--as a beige G3
owner, you pretty much have the pick of the lot (MkLinux runs on NuBus and
PCI, LinuxPPC and YDL are PCI-only). Most people seem to prefer LinuxPPC,
though they are all 99% binary compatible and I've never noticed a big speed
difference (my impression is that MkL seems to be faster in big networks,
while LinuxPPC seems to be faster in smaller, more concentrated applications).
Hope that helps...