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What is Yellow Dog Linux?An open source, Linux operating system for home, office, server, and cluster users. Built upon the RHEL/CentOS core, Fixstars has since the spring of 1999 developed and maintained YDL for the Power architecture family of CPUs. This focus and dedication has lead to the world's leading Linux for the Power architecture.

What is included?Yellow Dog Linux combines a no non-sense graphical installer with support for a wide range of Power hardware, leading (but not bleeding) edge kernels and stable, functional compilers for code development. And of course, the foundation applications and servers expected more...

What's New

Yellow Dog Linux v6.1 offers these updates over v6.0:
  • Kernel 2.6.27
  • GCC 4.1.2
  • Cell SDK 3.1
  • Firefox 3.0
  • OpenOffice 2.3 (v3.0 coming to YDL.net Enhanced soon!)
  • X.org 1.4.999 with xrandr 1.2.2
  • Dramatically improved, automated wireless config.
  • GUI configuration tool for YDL.net.
  • Bluetooth support for the PS3 Sixaxis controller.
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center more...

Requirements

Yellow Dog Linux v6.1 supports:
  • Apple PowerPC G4, G5.
  • Sony PS3 (PlayStation 3).
  • YDL PowerStation.
  • IBM System p (JS2x, 510, 520, 540).
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    Hotfusion Member IconComment+12
    Hotfusion
    +1

    Does Yellow Dog support booting from a Mirrored RAID Array yet?

    I realize that is more of a question for the Yaboot developers, but this is one of the reasons that I use Mac OS X on my Home Server instead of YDL.

    Other than that, YDL has always been a great consumer OS, so long as you don't attempt to tinker a lot. Out of the box it works great.

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    Version 6.1
    Sato Member IconComment-1
    Sato
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    iMac G5s (iSight) don't seem to get on well with Linux; they won't take Ubuntu and now, after downloading the 3.7GB YDL 6.1 iso file, I can't get past the load screen.

    Have installed a double boot Ubuntu on a Compaq (Win XP) and done a CD Ubuntu boot on a MacBook, so it shouldn't be me, or is it?

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    Version 6.1
    nstanosheck Member IconReview+9
    nstanosheck
    +1

    I love YDL 3.0 on my old 3400c PowerBook, but was not the biggest fan of 4.1 and switched to Ubuntu for a while, but once Yellow Dog Linux 4.1 came out I switched back and was happy as a clam. YDL 5.0.1 really seems more modern and a much better release. Linux is different and can be hard, but please be sure to use the forum, the mailing lists, and the online help. There is even a book you can buy from Terra Soft Solution! Give it a full 2 weeks to try it out using the numerous support options available and you too will most likely fall in love with this free OS called Yellow Dog Linux.

    Strong rumours say that most PowerPC Apple Macinstosh Computers will not be supported after Mac OS X 10.5, so this is the future for all PPC Mac owners.

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    Version 5.0.1
    nstanosheck
    +0

    I meant I was not the biggest fan of 4.0 but when 4.1 came out it fixed all the issues and I switched back from Ubuntu to YDL for good.

    jkxzdf Member IconComment-1
    jkxzdf
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    I've used this for a couple days and was not pleased... have been using Ununtu ever since.

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    Version 4.1
    nstanosheck
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    Too bad for you, Ubuntu canceled the PPC version of their OS. Personally I preferred YDL 4.1 to Ubuntu but Different strokes for different folks I guess.

    D0ctor Member IconComment+1
    D0ctor
    +1

    Well, good stuff, but:
    1. How to get an update if you are on 4.0.x version? BTW, version 4.0 is absolutely free (just your traffic)
    2. I ran it on my PB G4 1GHz, Mac on Linux was a problem, did not find my embedded airport card
    3. Yep, not that fast at all...
    4. Ubuntu is a good alternative anyway (and free and with an easy update)

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    Version 4.1
    billklee
    +0

    I believe MOL is incompatible with 10.4.

    Anonymous Member IconReview
    Anonymous
    +2

    working fine on my G5. love it (still prefer apple's osx unix though). :p

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    Version 4.0
    Anonymous Member IconReview
    Anonymous
    +1

    Best Linux for PPC.Looks like all us ppc users will be running this when apple stops supporting the ppc macs.Great OS thogh if you have a new world mac.

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    Version 4.0
    nstanosheck
    +0

    Amen!

    Anonymous Member IconReview
    Anonymous
    +0

    has anyone had any luck installing this with a 8mb ixmicro twin turbo graphics card?

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    Version 4.0
    Gord Nickerson Member IconReview+0
    Gord Nickerson
    +1

    You can install YDL 4 on older equipment. Just requires a bit more work. The target machine was an 8600 with 256mb ram, 200mhz 604e and 4gig HD.

    1. Used mac drive setup to partition the disk into 400mb HFS parition for os 9,1 a 700 mb swap parition and the remaminder an ext3 parition.
    2. Installed a minimal 9.1 and took out everything not needed.
    3. Downloaded and copyied Bootx to control panel and ramdisk.image.gz and vmlinux.2.6.8-1.ydl.y to linux kernels folder in system
    4. Set bootX parameters to use ramdisk.image.gz and set ramdisk size to 65000 and did NOT save prefs. Choose Linux and machine rebooted into Anaconda install
    3. Choose personal desktop install with manual partition. Replaced kde w gnome
    4. Choose /dev/sda8 as the / mount point
    5. Set up eth0 as DHCP and root user
    6. Error message - partition map has no partition map entry was displayed but clicked fix and install continued.
    7. Once all the packages were installed Anaconda crashed with an unhandled exception error - 'bootload has no attribute macosx' caused by the fact this is an old world mac
    8. Restarted system into macos, ran bootX and entered /dev/sda8 as the root partition and SAVED the prefs, choose Linux and machine rebooted
    9. Booted into text mode and logged in as root.
    10. Changed directory to /etc and issued command vi innittab and changed the runlevel from 3 to 5. Gave reboot command and X login screen came up

    Set up samba, network printer etc.

    Once the special effects are turned off by choosing a minimal theme it runs not too bad considering the age of the machine. Being able to run a modern linux at all on an old mac is quite a achievement. For newer equipment OSX makes sense but i found it's performance on a G3 500 is about the same as YDL 4.0 on 604 200. Next, i'll try YDL on a G4 powerbook to see how it fares.

    BTW there are rpm binaries for YDL, such as Firefox. You can also exit the gui and use it as an X server by typing X -query host or X - broadcast.

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    Version 4.0
    Gord Nickerson
    +0

    Just finished installed YDL 4.0 on a wallstreet 292mhz, 8gig, 192mb ram.

    Anonymous Member IconReview
    Anonymous
    +1

    crap compatibility with the G5
    no sound
    no mac on linus

    get you act together guys!

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    Version 4.0
    user icon+1404
    Monkeyjunkey
    Version 6.1
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