Linux on the Low End
Larry Stotler has been using personal computers since the TRS-80 era and currently uses openSuSE Linux on x86 boxes as well as older Macs. His goal with Linux on the Low End is to help Mac users understand the benefits of Linux on older Apple hardware and get it running on their low-end Macs.
- DOS nostalgia: Looking back at early computer experiences, 2009.05.04. TRS-80s, the Tandy 1000HX, Radio Shack's Color Computer, Hercules card, 1200 bps modems, hard cards, and other 20-year-old technology.
- Pros and cons of using Linux on a WallStreet PowerBook, 2008.05.06. The old PowerBook G3 Series notebooks aren't without a few quirks when running openSUSE Linux, but for the most part they are good performers.
- Picking the right cheap computer, new or used, 2007.02.13. Unless you're working with video or hooked on 3D gaming, you don't need a lot of computing power. You might be surprised at how little will satisfy you.
- The past and possible future of Apple's Intel transition, 2007.01.04. Going Intel has been Apple's third successful CPU transition since the Apple II era - and the future is wide open.
- Installing Linux on a PCI Power Mac, Part 1, 2006.09.05. Preparing your PCI Power Mac (or clone) for Linux and getting openSUSE Linux installed.
- Preparing your Mac's hard drive for Linux, 2006.08.09. Before you install Linux, you have to partition your hard drive. A look at three different hard drive strategies for Mac Linux.
- The ins and outs of booting Linux on the Mac, 2006.07.31. "Old World" Macs can't boot directly into Linux. They need to boot the Classic Mac OS first, then pass control over to Linux.
- Preparing your PCI Power Mac for Linux, 2006.07.26. How powerful a CPU do you need? How much memory? Do you need a faster drive controller? Are some video cards better than others?
- Why run Linux on a low-end Mac?, 2006.07.19. Linux supports older video cards and requires less RAM than Mac OS X, and it lets you run modern browsers not available under OS 9.
Low End Mac Reader Specials
Cult of Mac
Shrine of Apple
The Mac Observer
Accelerate Your Mac
The Vintage Mac Museum
Mac Driver Museum
System 6 Heaven
System 7 Today
the pickle's Low-End Mac FAQ