I’ve been trying to update “Recommendations” because more and more good web-sites/blogs keep coming out with good information about PowerPC, some of them decided to share information about Linux as well as Mac OS X. You will find the following links on Recommendation page.
Who ever thought to install a second Operational System on your machine? It could have been for fun, for security reasons or even just to have an extra option, why not? In fact there are tons of personal reasons why you might install your favorite distro, but questions like “Which distro should I install?”, “How do I know that I will like CRUX PPC instead of Debian, Fedora, Lubuntu, Xubuntu?”. Which distro will best fit your needs? It’s hard to tell. We have saved some links and are happy to share some shortcuts with you. Choose your favorite distro and let it run free!
I think our favorite list of browsers have just increased! Right now my top 5 are of no secret to anyone and I always post about them. TenFourFox, AuroraFox, WebKit Leopard, SeaMonkey and Camino/Omniweb are basically the guardians of browsers for the PowerPC, but Roccat Browser surprised me a lot. It’s very fast to browse the internet and the good news is now we are able to watch videos on Youtube without that annoying pause and delay!
Some features like FusedBar and Facebook/Twitter integration is also a plus. Ad-Remover is a really nice touch and I have to mention that I like the clean layout, and the visual tabs are able to be positioned anywhere you prefer.
Let’s show some love and spread the word for all the PowerPC community and make sure that the people behind this project know that there are PowerPC users using this Browser so they will still (I hope) create updates for our system!
We decided to make a short post just to bring back some of our most visited posts ever. Some of them are outdated already but the idea of this post is to show you our most “clicked” posts. Thank you guys for your ongoing support of Mac PowerPC!
Just a reminder: Some of these applications I chose because I was running 10.4 / Tiger. After I installed 10.5 / Leopard I had many more options and now most of them have better updates, since the time that I originally made the post.
A lot had been said lately about running Linux on PowerPC and it reminds me a lot about the argument of PC’s vs Mac. Some people defend their favorite OS to death and they’re so passionate that it’s hard to talk about it without offending someone. Lovers and haters! Anyways, I just wanted to post this NOTE for the unknown reason that we feel the need to position ourselves and our ideas to our readers to make sure that you guys understand where we stand in this “some people drink pepsi some people drinke coke” kind of thing!
A long time ago, we made a post about Linux and we never released it because we positioned ourselves to the Mac OS X system, but we do like Linux a lot! The main reason is because Mac PowerPC likes everything that is FREE/OPEN SOURCE and for this reason we always try to dig deep to bring everything low/no cost for our readers. So let’s give a thumbs up for Linux: For Human Beings! Also is a great OS.
I have to mention here that we decide to step up about linux because we didn’t want to mix material Mac/Linux mostly because this blog is entitled Mac PowerPC not Linux PowerPC. Other strong reasons include our belief that there are great blogs already taking care of the Linux world. I strongly recommend checking out places like PPC Luddite http://ppcluddite.blogspot.com and PowerPC Liberation http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.com , these guys have great material on line and “step-by-step” instructions and other great information. I have to tell you that they are working hard on Linux material to bring to you tips such as how to partition a hard drive, software installation and everything else under the sun. They are very familiar with the OS so you can not go wrong and in the event that something does go wrong, you can send them a comment and they will be more than happy to clarify for you.
Awhile ago, I installed a nice distro called Kubuntu in an old Sony Vaio and I really liked using it. It was very user friendly and the most important thing was that it was very secure. I felt very safe using that OS and nobody can take that feeling from you. We understand that using an OS like Tiger/Leopard is not as safe as any Linux distro but the goal of Mac PowerPC is to point out applications and adventures of using the Mac OS X. We are aware of the safety and we are aware that we are not getting any new updates. Today even Snow Leopards are left in the dust…imagine poor old Leopard! But again the Blog will keep searching for things to do with your PowerPC and installing Linux is one great option to do/try/play. But we decided to leave this legacy to people that know what they are doing and those blogs listed above know best. But please don’t kill your favorite Feline for a Penguin, I think and believe that there is space enough for all of them on your hard drive.
All the blogs listed are also on our “RECOMMENDED” page. We really believe in their material and we try to check them out on a regular basis and provide you with relevant information from their blog. We don’t believe in copying anyone’s material but for the sake of bringing the best material to the PowerPC community we will often reference their posts also check our Facebook/Twitter.
P.S.: At the moment it looks like Zen are very busy with other projects like helping a client to develop OpenBSD cluster software, but he didn’t leave his legacy just yet! He keeps writing material and apparently now is counting wiht a help from Dr. Dave! Believe me, in knowing Zen for short period of time, I know he won’t share his blog if Dr. Dave wasn’t competent enough to “run the ship”. I totally believe that Dr. Dave won’t leave the PowerPC Liberation’s readers with questions, as far as I have been following his posts are great. Talking about great…let’s show some love to PPC LUDDITE! The guy behing this blog is great – he brings a lot of great information to the community and if your PowerPC still works, then a visit to his site is a must!
iCab 5.0.1 – Shareware – PowerPC 10.5/Leopard – http://www.icab.de/index.html – iCab is an alternative web browser for the Apple Macintosh with numerous useful features. On the web site it says it is Intel but it does work on PowerPC.
Ok PowerPC users, recently we are getting some bad news that a few applications and developers aren’t updating their software for PowerPC anymore. Recently I got an e-mail from one of our PowerPC users and I’m more than happy to post that one of the best software ever, for any computer, Mac/Linux/PC still supports us!!!! LibreOffice is AWESOME, it reads all kinds of formats and is compatible with basically everything. It’s a must have Office Suite that I recommend you install in your machine, for your own good.
Features: Text Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing, Database and Formula.
P.S.: “This version of LibreOffice is prepared with care and presented with pride by the LibreOffice community. PLEASE NOTE that, since this is the second version in the series, make sure to read the release notes (under “Handy resources”).
LibreOffice is made available by volunteers around the globe, backed by a charitable Foundation. Please support their efforts: Your donation help them to deliver a better product.
When I got this e-mail, I thought why not spread the word because I know many of my readers would be looking for a product such as this. I’m pleased to present to all of you, the VIVAX LAPTOP CASE! Aptly nicknamed the 007 Case, it is virtually indestructible! I recommend this product to everyone, but especially to those who live in places that have snow and rain, because your laptop is an investment, and you need to protect it. You spent a great deal of money to get a good machine and as soon as you step outside the store, it already starts to depreciate. While the PowerPC currently doesn’t hold great worth in the technological marketplace, it is rapidly becoming a collectors item, and as such, needs to be kept safe and operational, to protect it’s value.
The ViVAX laptop case bills itself as being Waterproof, Crushproof, Shockproof, Dirt proof and 100% Made in Italy. It fits laptops with screen sizes between 12” to 18”. So far they are available in 2 colors (The Dark Case / The Orange Case).
I recently got an e-mail from Mr. Mattia and he said that The ViVaX laptop case will be available in 90 days. I’m very excited to see the results and look forward to see a hardcore laptop case that can take a tough trip to anywhere because you guys know very well how tough travelling with laptops is, what with passing through customs, airplane turbulence, and generally transporting through airports etc. Travel in style, just as James Bond would, and be secure in the knowledge that your PowerPC will arrive with you, just the way you packed it!
* MiniUsage – 1.5.0 (Free) Leopard – 10.5 – http://nsek.net/SYW/software/english/miniusage/index.html – What to say about an app that says almost everything that is happening on your computer right now… CPU usage, amount of network flow, battery status and process namesd etc. It takes very little space and is a perfect fit for iBooks/PowerBooks. While the application is running, this information can be referred via AppleScript. Now you can see just what is slowing your computer down!
* MenuMeters – 1.6 (Free) Tiger/Leopard – 10.4 or 10.5 – http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/index.html – MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for Mac OS X. Although there are numerous other programs which do the same thing, none had quite the feature set I was looking for. Most were windows that sat in a corner or on the desktop, which are inevitably obscured by document windows on my laptop’s small screen. Those monitors which used the menubar mostly used the NSStatusItem API, which has the annoying tendency to totally reorder my menubar on every login.
The MenuMeters monitors are true SystemUIServer plugins (also known as Menu Extras). This means they can be reordered using command-drag and remember their positions in the menubar across logins and restarts.
A while ago I found this application and installed it on my PowerPC, and it worked great. So I decided to save the link in my bookmarks but because I have so many bookmarked pages, it takes me forever to find things! Many of you will know what I mean! Today I am pleased to finally share a great Photo and Image Editing program for Mac PowerPC.
* Image Tricks – http://belightsoft.com/products/products.php – It’s a very powerful photo image editing program, easy to use and a very friendly interface that makes it even easier to test the effects that are divided in 3 tabs: Filters/Quartz/Generators. You can drag and drop photos from iPhoto and save in formats like: PDF/TIFF/GIF/JPEG/PNG. If you are looking for something easy with fast results, without spending money and excess time to learn the application. Image Tricks will fit you like a glove, but also will enhance your photos/Images and make them appear more professional. If you decide to go PRO you will have even more options/features (of course).