Ubuntu on Mac Laptops

john levin john at technolalia.org
Wed Jan 4 22:20:51 UTC 2006

Al Gordon wrote:
> I'm considering buying a Mac laptop, either an iBook or a PowerBook
> (depending on how much money I think I can afford to part with).  I
> plan on dual-booting it with OS X and Ubuntu Breezy.

Apple are due to move to intel x86-type chips, away from the PowerPC 
chips they currently use in their computers. There will probably be lots 
of news about this at the forthcoming MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. So 
don't make a decision for a couple of weeks. That said, how linux will 
fare on the new machines, nobody knows yet.

If you do get a PowerPC mac, well, it's been a long time since I used 
Ubuntu on it. Graphics worked fine, out of the box, but there was no 
flash, and a few other (minor) apps missing.As far as I know (I'm not a 
  gamer) there isn't a linux ppc version of UT, but there is an OS X 
native version. I think all the codecs for restricted formats exist for 
linux ppc.



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