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Yellow Dog Linux Installs Neatly on an iPod

Posted on: Monday 6 November 2006


Forget bootable USB pendrives and use an iPod to boot Linux on a Mac. The concept’s great: what would it be like to have a pocket-size device that I could plug in to just about any Macintosh and by simply rebooting the computer be running a full-blown Linux installation? There are oodles of Linux OSes for Intel architectures, of course, but the Mac, until very recently, has been built around the Motorola architecture, so the number of choices are rather fewer.

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1 Response to "Yellow Dog Linux Installs Neatly on an iPod"

Let me answer the obvious question: because Mac OS X already is a UNIX, why bother with a Mac Linux? The answer is that although Mac OS X is a splendid mating of a UNIX operating system with all the graphical goodness of Apple’s user interface design, it’s still not Linux. If you’re in a Linux environment and want to run KDE or GNOME, you don’t have to graft it onto Mac OS X if you can run a Linux designed for the Mac platform instead. Besides, isn’t it kinda cool anyway?

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