[TriLUG] Re: Bought my first Laptop--a new Apple Powerbook with OS X--With Linux software in mind I have three questions
Roberto J Dohnert
webwarrior at mac.com
Tue Jun 4 13:39:01 EDT 2002
On Mon, Jun 03, 2002 at 01:46:46AM -0400, al johson wrote:
> I just bought myself a new Mac Titanium Powerbook 667MHZ G4. I'm
> whether Linux software can be transferred from Linux to Apple's OSX
> (which as you may recall is a version of BSD).
> 1. Specifically, are there any cross compilers which can take Linux
> code and turn it into programs that will run on Apple's OSX system??
Although many of the same tools are available with the developer tools
CD the structure of OS X apps are very different. I only bought a
Powerbook for Cocoa but I have since gone to GNUStep under Linux which
is based on the old Openstep standard the same that is used in Cocoa
> Incidentally, I've discovered that O'Reilly's new OSX book (in the
> manual series) has a super intro to using the Terminal in OSX for
Yes it is a great book.
> I'm told many people consider it better than other attempts to do this
> LINUX, which raises a second question:
> 2. How portable are Terminal "programs" or "scripts" between Linux
> OSX??? For example, how many similarities are there between the
> OSX and Linux??
I use it but I personally do not care for Mac OS X, I consider Linux to
be a much more innovative OS, The commands in OS X and Linux are
basically the same, except in Linux you dont have netinfo and hostinfo,
most scripts from FreeBSD and NetBSD can be run from Mac OS X terminal
programs have to be recompiled from source
> Finally, I have one last question:
> 3. If I wanted to put a version of LINUX on this laptop, which version
> everyone recommend???
Yellowdog Linux. Yellowdog is a superior PowerPC linux. But Debian is
available as well as Mandrake and Suse.
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