Yellow Dog Linux
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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
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 CellSs.
  • ps3vram for fast, temp file storage or swap using PS3 video RAM.
Users often state that YDL is the simplest to install of any distribution. Post-installation, the default applications are a makes-sense offering of the industry standards: Firefox Web browser, Thunderbird email, Pidgin IM/IRC client, Ekiga voice over IP, OpenOffice, gThumb and GIMP, the Fluendo multimedia player installer, and a suite of personal accessories.
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 more...
Requirements
PPC, 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 commented on 21 Dec 2008
    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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    Sato commented on 21 Dec 2008
    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?
    [Version 6.1]


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    nstanosheck reviewed on 28 Apr 2007
    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.
    [Version 5.0.1]

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    nstanosheck replied on 03 May 2007
    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.
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    jkxzdf commented on 15 Oct 2006
    I've used this for a couple days and was not pleased... have been using Ununtu ever since.
    [Version 4.1]

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    nstanosheck replied on 28 Apr 2007
    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.
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    D0ctor commented on 24 Mar 2006
    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)
    [Version 4.1]

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    billklee replied on 24 Mar 2006
    I believe MOL is incompatible with 10.4.
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    Anonymous reviewed on 16 Nov 2005
    working fine on my G5. love it (still prefer apple's osx unix though). :p
    [Version 4.0]


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    Anonymous reviewed on 19 Jun 2005
    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.
    [Version 4.0]

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    nstanosheck replied on 28 Apr 2007
    Amen!
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    Anonymous reviewed on 19 Jan 2005
    has anyone had any luck installing this with a 8mb ixmicro twin turbo graphics card?
    [Version 4.0]


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    Anonymous reviewed on 26 Dec 2004
    crap compatibility with the G5
    no sound
    no mac on linus

    get you act together guys!
    [Version 4.0]


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    Anonymous reviewed on 21 Dec 2004
    I've played around with YDL for a couple years now. I had version 3.1 running on a PowerMac 6500 250MHz 603e processor. It was a great running system and very stable.

    A few days ago I installed YDL 4 on a Blueberry iBook 300MHz with 320MB RAM and a 30GB 4200RPM HD. Installation was easy but not very fast. I installed a ton of packages so that is where the not very fast comes in.

    My first impression after the install wasn't all that great. It is slow running which I did not expect. Panther runs faster on my iBook. YDL 3.1 ran faster on my PM 6500. You get all the typical Linux applications like OpenOffice and others that would be expected of a Linux distro.

    I didn't have a problem getting Mac On Linux working so that is a plus. Airport was recognized and I connected to the Internet through my home network without any problems. Downloading through Airport was very slow. I would get between 4-6kps. I'm not on dial-up so I would expect at least 100kps. Anything I tried to download was at this slow speed. I never could download updates because I could never connect to the servers.

    Overall I feel that the system would be faster if it where at least 500MHz. The GUI still looks very plain compared to distros like SuSE or Mandrake. You still have to use the command line to get updates which is bad for new users. Mandrake PPC (which isn't even being updated as far as I can tell) has had it where you can update through the GUI for some time. YDL 4 will not install on anything below a G3 so anyone with an older PowerMac should find an earlier release.

    YDL will not put new life into your old G3. Stick with OSX 10.3 because it is faster and just as stable. I wouldn't use this as my primary OS on anything below 500MHz. Overall I feel that this is a very weak release. YDL has a long way to go and for a newbie this distro will most likely cause nothing but aggravation.
    [Version 4.0]


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    Monkeyjunkey rated on 28 Jul 2011

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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 for web, database, email, and network services. Greater than 2000 packages are included on the Install DVD.

    A history of dedication and innovation. Proven world-wide as the preferred Linux OS for the Power architecture, YDL v6.0 brings Fixstars into its 9th year of Power Linux operating system development and support. What's more, YDL v6.0 introduces a new level of multi-media support and functions with the latest Enlightenment window manager for a rich, dynamic, and powerful end user experience.

    Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux continues to lead the charge with the most stable, functional, and thoroughly tested Linux OS for the Power architecture. With forthcoming support for additional, existing and new Power systems while maintaining enterprise level support for Mercury and IBM Cell blades*, Yellow Dog Linux unifies the Power ecosystem.

    Seamless code migration from the former Apple PowerPC product line to the latest IBM Cell blades reduces complexity in code development. Identical end user experience across multiple systems, from installation to application reduces total cost of ownership (and generally helps users feel happy).


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