Yellow Dog Linux on PPCs?

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Yellow Dog Linux on PPCs?

I've got a few old pre G# PPcs laying around that I hate to toss, but they're just too slow for anything practical. Been thinking of converting them to Linux boxes and setting up a small cluster--anyone know anything about setting up YellowDog on PPC 9500s? Is it any easier than the other variants for Mac (Mandrake, RedHat, etc)?

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I recommend YDL, I ran it (ve

I recommend YDL, I ran it (version 2.1) in my old PPC 8500 and it was great.

I guess KDE 3.x of Gnome will slow YDL in your 9500s, but you can try another window manager (I used WindowMaker).

To set up a cluster, you need a clustering app. YellowDog sells Black Lab Clustering Management.

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YDL is pretty good

YDL is a good cchoice mostly because they concentrate exclusively on PPC. Mandrake isn't bad, from what I've heard, but it's less supported. Debian is a fav of mine, too, but you have to geek out quite a bit to get it running on a Mac, AFAIK. SuSE is also supposed to be pretty good, but again, I'm not sure how the support is.

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Debian!

I *love* debian for ported machines such as mac/ppc and SPARC, because they are usaualy well suported (documentation wise anyway), but also because of apt-get, which is a a very good way to keep your box up-to-date, and to install new software.

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YDL uses apt-get, too

YDL uses apt-get to install it's RPM's. It has a front end program called YUP that makes it even a bit easier in some cases. Not to knock Debian, of course. I use it on my PC in one flavor or another, but as far as ease of use and such, YDL has it beat on PPC.

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Sweet!

YDL uses apt-get to install it’s RPM’s. Sweet! That just makes me want to try it more... I'll try it out on an iMac that I will *hopefully* get.

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I can't get it to install on

I can't get it to install on my 6400. I can get as far as the blue screen where you begin the install, and then it just freezes. I have to reboot into 8.6 then... maybe my images are bad - I'll redownload them, though how do I burn them? I have Toast 5.2.3 and 6 Titanium.

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To burn them using Toast TI,

To burn them using Toast TI, you just select Disc Image from the "Other" pulldown menu, select the image, and burn away. Boot into MacOS, install BootX, then restart and start the install. It should work. If not, it could be that the RAM is a bit flaky, or do you have an odd video card or some other custom hardware in there?

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