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Yellow Dog Linux v4.1 Released 33

An anonymous reader writes "The most polished Yellow Dog Linux has been released with the usual distribution updates such as kernel 2.6.15-rc5, KDE 3.4.2, GNOME 2.12.1, and GCC 3.4.4 as well as support for new hardware such as new PowerBooks and preliminary support Dual and Quad-core G5s. Other new features include firewire drive installation and booting, PCMCIA modem and cellphone card support, and Atheros wifi card support."
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Yellow Dog Linux v4.1 Released

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  • AirPort Extreme? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 06, 2006 @04:52AM (#14407708)
    Does it support AirPort Extreme?

    It's been a long time coming, and not support wireless in any modern PowerBook or iBook makes Yellow Dog a bit of a non-starter...
    • Even more of a non-starter is the lack of support for nvidia's video chipsets. This means no power management. No sleep, no screen dim. My PB 12" will be sticking with Panther for now.
    • Broadcom never released the specs of that chipset to developers and never made drivers of their own, so it is not really the fault of Yellow Dog. However, some plucky hobbyists reverse-engineered the chipset and have released drivers (that should work, going to try myself after lunch) here: []. I would have to recommend using Ubuntu on Macs anyway. It's PPC install disc is very handy and easy, all the hardware except AE works "out of the box," and if you have an open partition on
    • It's not up to Yellow Dog, or else they would have had drivers a long time ago -- Broadcom will neither write an open-source driver nor release the specs to let anyone else write one.
    • Yeah, its available as a yum download after installing.

      *posted from airport extreme on a ydl 4.1 ibook g4

  • Will these ever see the light of the day?
    • It's referinng to Apples "Quad G5" (like the one I'm typing at right now) - which are actualy dual-dual-core-processor machines (ie. two dual-core G5 processors).
      • In theory, as long as it supports the PPC arch and SMP a jump from 2-->4 cores shouldn't be an issue. Testing it with such does provide a bit of reassurance. I run a pair of Opteron 265s on Suse 10. I wasn't sure how it was going to work because they didn't outright claim that 2 dual cores were supported, but it worked no problem.
  • Polished? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Karma Farmer ( 595141 ) on Friday January 06, 2006 @05:47AM (#14407849)
    The most polished Yellow Dog Linux has been released...

    The only dog release I've ever polished was brown, not yellow...
  • by Noodlenose ( 537591 ) on Friday January 06, 2006 @05:48AM (#14407852) Homepage Journal that they are pursuing a business model that has come to the end of its natural life: there won't be a lot of PPC computers around anymore. How many new installations will Yellow Dog have when Apple stops selling PPCs?

    Sad, but true:

    This Linux has expired. It has gone to meet its maker. It's a stiff. Bereft of life it rests in peace.

    • Rubbish. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by torpor ( 458 ) <ibisum@gm a i l . com> on Friday January 06, 2006 @07:00AM (#14408012) Homepage Journal
      You think all those PowerPC computing systems are just going to stup running because Apple doesn't care about them any more? Forget it, thats such fanboix marketdroid glib.

      Fact is, those machines still represent a sizable market to YDL. Long after they're abandoned by Apple, all of those PPC chips could be pressed into using Linux ..
      • Yes, when OS X 10.6 (or OS Xi, or whatever they call it) comes out Intel only (and it will), Yellow Dog will be the obvious alternative. That said, even Apple boxes don't last forever: most of those machines will go out of daily use by 2011, and by 2016, the Apple PPC market will be only slightly larger than the Amiga market is today.
      • Re:Rubbish. (Score:4, Informative)

        by i_should_be_working ( 720372 ) on Friday January 06, 2006 @09:09AM (#14408317)
        In addition, Yellowdog runs on all PPC machines, not just Macs. Yellowdog themselves sell non-mac powerpcs.
      • Not to mention IBM's own PowerPC line. There are other sources for PowerPC computers, and I believe TerraSoft has deals with all of them. It seems like every other week they put out a press release about some new YDL/PowerPC system that doesn't have the name Apple involved.
    • That's one possibility. Likewise it may be the extreme opposite. As OS X support dries up for PPC over the next ten years, Yellow Dog may be the only genuinely supported operating system for the existing base of PPC machines. More realisticly, it'll share that role with a few variants of the *BSDs.

      That's not going to be a large number, with most of the users likely to be people building little servers etc, but it'll be a dominant player in that small market, which may be higher than the "Number of people

  • Havve the kernel modifications that allow it to run on dual and quad core G5s been submitted up-stream?

    Not because I'd liek a Gentoo/PPC64 install on my Quad or anuything ...

  • Java Support (Score:3, Informative)

    by MarkX ( 716 ) on Friday January 06, 2006 @08:27AM (#14408199) Homepage
    Does anyone here run Java applications, such as JBoss, ant, javac, javadoc, etc. under YDL? I looked at the package and there does not seem to be a JDK shipped with the distribution. I'd like to consider YDL as a server OS, but lacking Java it's a no go.


  • I'm going to buy a PowerBook 12' soon. I don't know yet if I'll run Yellow Dog, or Ubuntu, or Debian.

    Anyone tried them ? How does Yellow Dog and Ubuntu support the hardware ?

    Also, can anyone who tried running Linux on a new PowerBook can tell me if all the hardware is correctly supported ?

UNIX enhancements aren't.