Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

A guide to installing and running YDL on a power PC.
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YDL commands

Paul J.'s picture

Hi,

I'm no linux expert by far but for Yellow Dog, I don't even know the commands to determine the software level. Something like the oslevel command for AIX. Can someone please send me a cheat sheet with some of these commands?

Thanks, Paul J.

Enlightenment of Yellow Dog Linux

Deacon Nikolai's picture

It is funny seeing Enlightenment 0.16 on that since the new Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 has the Enlightenment 17 Desktop Environment!

Re: Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Anonymous's picture

Good article but I have been informed that you cannot port Linux to a Mac without first partitioning the hard drive and thus losing all your files. Later you would reinstall Mac OS along with Linux. This article makes no mention of this fact -- is the writer assuming that the disk is already partitioned? Or am I misinformed? Or did I read incorrectly?

Re: Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Deacon Nikolai's picture

Ever since version 4.1 of YDL it can partition it and keep your Mac OS X partition untouched, allowing you to install without worries!

Re: Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Anonymous's picture

Yes, it's a whole OS and needs its own space. Coming from the PC world I'm used to leaving free space or expendable partitions for future expansion or upgrade...so I cut the disk in half from the start and when Linux came along I installed it to the unused space (2nd partition). What might work better if you just want to test drive things is what I did at work. Just add another hard disk and install it to that disk. My G3 at work had plenty of bays so I slapped an IDE drive in, picked it in the YD install procedure, and works great. You might be able to do that with an external drive too. (firewire or USB.) The bootloader that was included with YD didn't seem to work...but with the G4 I just hold down option and it lets me select which device (Linux or Mac) that it's going to boot from.

For the PC there are some utilities that will re-size or partition the disk without data loss...not sure if the same exists for the Mac.

Re: Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Anonymous's picture

You don't have to lose all your files. Just back up what's important to you. Firewire hard drives are cheap these days.

Re: Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Anonymous's picture

Better yet, partition a Firewire drive--install Linux on one partition, and back up your computer on another. Then when you want you use Linux, you can boot from the Firewire drive.

Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Anonymous's picture

corection

ydl is only $59

black lab linux is $589

WHERE THE HELL DID HE GET IT FOR $289?

Re: Yellow Dog Linux on the iMac

Anonymous's picture

The 9 is right close to the 8 on a keyboard. Thus it would be a likly typo.

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