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My Penguin is a real Dog, or PEBKAC no more!

February 7, 2007

As you know from reading this blog, I have picked quite possibly the most difficult machine(s) on which to install Linux, upholding generations of Cafiero family tradition by refusing to seek — let alone travel — the path of least resistance.

And it took a walk in the redwoods and a chance encounter with a man and his Golden Retriever to enlighten me to the what I was doing wrong; or rather, what I had yet to do right.

While walking through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton (that’s in Santa Cruz County, Calif.), a man and his dog walked toward me on the trail. I have a particular fondness for Goldens — perhaps the best behaved dogs on the planet — and while giving this one a pat or two and talking to his owner about him, it dawned on me that I hadn’t tried Yellow Dog Linux.

So when I returned home, I found my Yellow Dog 3.0 Sirius disks and, lo and behold, the installation and reboot went without a hitch. While not completely Linux — I have to start with the OS 9 dance until BootX comes along — it gets me into this new open source world.

That means my penguin is a real dog. To many that may be an insult, but not for those at Terra Soft in Loveland, Colo., who would take it as a high compliment.

One thing, though: Can anyone tell me how to empty the trash on KDE?

  1. Диакон Николай
    February 8, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Larry, it sounds like you have a pre-G3 Mac if you are installing Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 and have to boot in to Mac OS 9 to get the Boot Loader. You should be able to just click on the trash to empty it. We have YDL 3 on a 3400c PowerBook and it always worked like a dream.

    If you have a more recent PPC Mac, then you will want to install YDL 4.1 (or 5.0 when it is ready for the Mac too) as the improvements are amazing!

  2. Larry the OpenSource Guy
    February 8, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Привет Deacon Nikolai —

    [That’s all the Russian I know!]

    I’d be interested to hear how you got YDL running without using BootX.

    That seems to be the drill for Old World Macs — G3 Macs that are beige (desktops) or black (PowerBooks) are “Old World,” as you probably already know — although if you know of a way around my freeing up 220MB of space on my hard drive taken up by the Mac OS9 partition, I’d love to hear it.

    YDL works great on this PowerBook G3 and I’m looking forward to using it.

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