If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you
and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an
idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw
What is MkLinux?
MkLinux is a project begun by the OSF
Research Institute (now Silicomp RI) and Apple Computer to port Linux, a freely distributed UNIX-like operating
system, to a variety of Power Macintosh platforms running on top of OSF
Research Institute’s implementation of the Mach microkernel.
Beginning in the summer of 1998, development work on MkLinux transitioned
from Apple and OSF to a community-led effort. A more-complete-but-still-brief
history can be found on the
About MkLinux page.
Where can I get MkLinux?
Currently, developers are working on completing release 1 (R1). A preview
release called Pre-R1 is available on the
FTP site. A CD image is
also available, and a few
users have offered to burn and
mail CDs to those people who do not have access to high speed Internet
access for a small charge.
For information on upgrading the MkLinux kernel, please see aptly named
Kernel Information page.
Where can I get help?
Apple continues to host a number of
mailing lists related to MkLinux. The most
active of the lists is mklinux-users. If you are new to UN*X, or you
need help with MkLinux, please subscribe to this list! All of the Apple-hosted
lists have digest versions available.
Prime Time Freeware, (PTF) has
produced the reference release
Microkernel Linux for the Power Macintosh). You can purchase the book
directly from PTF and from many professional and technical bookstores.
Unfortunately, this book is very out of date. Though it may be useful
as a guide, the CD that comes with the book includes MkLinux DR3
(Developer Release 3) which is ancient. Please see above, under
“Where can I get MkLinux?” for information on how to get
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