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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Gentoo on a new powerbook? Is it worth it? Reply with quote

I'm used to gentoo and I like it a lot. I've owned only PC's all my life (i'm 17 so its not like my life was really long and I'm dying anytime soon) but I'm now getting a 15' powerbook. I know gentoo is available for macintosh but OS X is supposedly Unix based and it has support for X applications and Linux applications. I don't know if it would be worth it to install Gentoo since X seems well supported. If I install gentoo, would I need to reboot everytime I wanted to use it? Also, is the graphics support for the ati card that comes with the powerbook (radeon 9700) as horrendus as the ati support/(lack of support in reality) for x86 based linux machines? Also, I don't think that I would be able to do as many things in linux as I would in Mac OS X, so I don't see any point in installing gentoo on my new powerbook unless I hear something that makes sense (although i am used to gentoo and it will be annoying to get used to a new system).

If I don't choose to install gentoo, can I still use the emerge portage system to update macintosh applications? (I know there is one for freebsd)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Gentoo on a new powerbook? Is it worth it? Reply with quote

gentooalex wrote:
Also, I don't think that I would be able to do as many things in linux as I would in Mac OS X, so I don't see any point in installing gentoo on my new powerbook


Well if you like Mac OS X more then you should probably use it. It is you're decisions whether you use free software or not. For me it is not enough that OS is Unix based but it must also be free.

gentooalex wrote:
unless I hear something that makes sense

This makes sense: http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Gentoo on a new powerbook? Is it worth it? Reply with quote

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gentooalex wrote:

Well if you like Mac OS X more then you should probably use it.


Well I haven't really used it, and I now think I will install gentoo, but I would like to be able to dual boot and still use mac os x sometimes because it looks so cool. I wonder if there is a way to run mac os x (without much performance decrease) from inside gentoo (or vice versa). that would be cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Gentoo on a new powerbook? Is it worth it? Reply with quote

gentooalex wrote:

Well I haven't really used it, and I now think I will install gentoo, but I would like to be able to dual boot and still use mac os x sometimes because it looks so cool. I wonder if there is a way to run mac os x (without much performance decrease) from inside gentoo (or vice versa). that would be cool.


1. You can dual boot (if that was a question)
2. emerge mol:
http://www.maconlinux.org/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MOL is soooo cool! :-)

This maybe of interest for you:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=162622&highlight=powerbook
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had 17" G4 Powerbook. I sold it couple of months ago. I thought the same things as you are thinking now. I thought the X support would be great but I didn't like it. Sure, it works but I don't think you are going to be using X applications alot when you start using MacOSX. I just didn't like the X support.
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