[CentOS] ppc questions

Chris Mauritz chrism at imntv.com
Thu Sep 15 14:33:13 UTC 2005

Karanbir Singh wrote:

> Chris Mauritz wrote:
> >
> > The 32bit PPC release is for the older G3/G4 macs, no?  I've got a
> > pile of unused G4 400-800mhz powermacs just sitting around
> The ppc32 distro will work on any NewWorld G3, G4 based machine ( and 
> 32bit ibm power, like the older rs6k's ) - it _also_ works fine on the 
> MacMini and G4 Xserve's.
> With some common sense tweaks, a G4 450Mhz is a very usable machine 
> running CentOS4 in 386MB of ram. Much more usable than OSX Tiger.
> > that I'd love to
> > get some use out of, but I don't think they'd be very responsive with
> > OSX tiger.
> how much of Ram do these machines have ? if its anything >=256 megs, 
> you have very functional and usable desktop machines there.

Cool.  I believe all of them (about a dozen machines) have 512mb RAM.

> > As for PPC64, has anyone done benchmarking between a ppc64 and OSX
> > system on the same G5 hardware?
> Linux wins hands down. I am sitting typing this out on a Dual G5 2ghz, 
> and I find Linux to be much more responsive than OSX.
> anandtech had a write-up recently where they compared OSX Server to 
> Linux on the server side of things, iirc correctly - Linux came out on 
> top. A bit of googling should dig up the exact article.

Outstanding!  Unfortunately, a few of our dual G5 machines have no 
choice but to use OSX since they are used as Final Cut Pro and Protools 

Thanks for the information.


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