Re: Linux on Apple PowerPC???

Rob Pelkey (
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 23:35:52 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 14 Apr 1997, Jonathan A. Davis wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Apr 1997, yuri mironoff wrote:
> > Does anyone know if its possible to run Linux on any of Apple's
> > PowerPC based machines?
> Yep. is one example. After running 2.0, 2.1 and
> 2.1+, I have a healthy respect for Apple's hardware group. Conversely,
> I've lost what little respect I had (if any) for the MacOS design group.

There's also a port of "real", monolithic-kernel Linux to the later
PCI-based Power Macs that have OpenFirmware (7200, 7500, 7600, 8500):

The primary difference between this and MkLinux is that this is a
traditional, monolithic (i.e. one-piece) Linux kernel, while MkLinux is a
Linux "personality" running atop a Mach microkernel. Also, MkLinux runs
on more systems, at least at this point in time.

Also, work on a port to older 680x0-based Macs in underway.


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