|William H. Magill on Sun, 7 Sep 2003 16:37:04 -0400|
On Saturday, September 6, 2003, at 11:16 AM, Jeffrey J. Nonken wrote:
OTOH, Apple hasn't been entirely nice to schools either, so I gather. For a while they were pushing substandard junk on them. I'm not sure of those details either, but I give you the example of the Power MacIntosh 5260, now considered a road apple. Springfield Township school district (that's Springfield Township, Montgomery County, not to be confused with Springfield, Chester County) recently upgraded to a bunch of W$-laden Dell computers (oh frabjous joy) and are giving away the old Power MacIntoshes to the students' families. I am now the proud owner of my first MacIntosh, which is actually a 5400, not a 5260. But that's at least in part because I knew they were giving away both and asked for a 5400. In any case, the 5260 is a lousy design, but it's what Apple was pushing on the schools in those days.
If I remember correctly, both MKlinux and YellowDog Linux ran on the PPC 603. (Where "run" is a relative term... they ARE slow machines.)
(http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/) Today, YellowDog has been purchased and I don't believe that they support anything below the G3.
MKLinux was Apple's original Linux project before Rhapsody.
However, other than as an "academic exercise," it's not much different than running Linux on a 286 box. It can be done, but it's not really worth the effort. And it is so far removed from "contemporary computing capabilities" that you get a very jaundiced view of what is happening in the world, and get very frustrated by what you can and cannot do.
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