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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Convince me: Mac OS X -> Gentoo PPC on my Mac Mini Reply with quote

I want to turn my Mac Mini into a little storage hub, adding some external devices to it (stackable :). What are your thoughts on using Linux over Mac OS X? Its going to be mainly for storage, as well as some light desktop use (occasional paper, email, web browsing, and irc).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think either OS would be perfectly appropriate for what you want to do.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:07 pm    Post subject: Compatibility is Key Reply with quote

You need to check what it is that you want to stack it with. You would have to check that it didn't require a driver that has yet to be developed for Linux. If this is an additional computer and you already had a Mac you would find networking simpler if you keep OSX, where you can just use Finder. Of course, if you are better at networking than me this might not be an issue.

Of course if you were to stack it with one of the mini shaped external drives then you should have enough space to dual boot, especially as Gentoo allows you to have a relatively small Linux install. You should be able to access files in OSX from Linux, but it is more difficult the other way round. There is also the question of software, if it is music that you are storing, could you live without iTunes, especially if linking to an iPod. If it is photos, again compare iPhoto to whatever you would opt for in Linux space. If it is movies, VLC is better than Quicktime and VLC is available on both platforms. Much Linux software can run on OSX via Fink or OpenDarwin ports, but it is a hit and miss process (i.e., the whole of KDE currently refuses to install on the default gcc compiler through OpenDarwin).

In other words, it depends on what you are actually intending to do with the mini. I'd be interested to hear how easy it was to get Linux on a mini if you are going to install Linux on an Intel one (all three of my Macs are ppc).

Best wishes.

PS, I am in the process of putting Gentoo on an iBook G4, but I can still boot into OSX via a portable firewire drive. I also have a dual booting OSX/Debian iMac (the original edition), and an OSX only eMac, which is my storage beastie with 160GB mostly devoted to mutimedia files and serving a postgres database.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

keep OSX.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you would only use it for storage, I'd go with linux. I'd probably go with linux either way though, since I know how to set up things and all. When I think "storage hub" then I also tend to think, "headless"... but since you mention you will also use it for light desktop use and all, I suppose that the mac mini has it's own screen and everything. Network performance is also better on linux than on osx for as far as I know.
I think it really depends on what you feel most comfortable with. osx will be a lot easier and a lot faster to set up. If you'd like to get some experience in setting up a linux system for a file server, then just use linux. If not, then don't bother and stick with osx.
Note that I don't know how good the mac mini is supported on linux.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hardware in the mini is completely supported by linux. (Including accelerated open source drivers for the 3D card).
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