I feel really happy and I get twitter/e-mail of people all over the place trying to get into the PowerPC scene. There are pretty much 2 ways, you can either use Mac OS X 10.5 or Linux (very update), also you can play both sides as long you have a good size hard drive.
I get quite a few e-mails asking about an emulator that will work on PowerPC. This is something that I didn’t have to use so far but I did receive quite a few referrals from readers recommending an application called Q (KJU).
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!
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!
I found a good source for PowerPC information today and am pleased to provide you with 2 more web-sites that have my “seal of approval!”
http://ratedwin.com/Blog/Blog.html – This site seems to have just opened and I like the idea of sharing experiences and how to use a Mac OS X with a PowerPC processor in the year 2012. It’s basically almost the same idea as Mac PowerPC…both give functional tips on how to get the most out of Mac OS X system with your PowerPC.
http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.com/– This blog is a good source of information about the PowerPC. It’s very technologically informative and the writer is very clear to point out that he is focusing on sharing tips and info about operating systems for PowerPC, including Linux as well as Mac OS X. He also provides great tips on how to continue updating the Apple OS. If you are looking to get the most out of your PowerPC (Linux/Mac OS X) this is a good place to start! Highly recommend saving this one in your favourites!!
It’s really good to see that PowerPC users have started producing and sharing more tips and experiences. In this post, you have now found 2 blogs that help bring the breath of life to your PowerPC. One focuses on the Mac OS X system and the other in Linux + Mac OS X….the choice is yours!
*RJCalifornia http://rodolfohernan20.blogspot.ca/search/label/powerpc PowerPC Macs got one more blog to help us sharing information and experience of running Mac OS X. This blog just started posting about PowerPC and already have great material. I also liked the idea of posting in Spanish and English because that would help a lot of readers that use google translator. Thanks RJCalifornia keep up the good work!