[linux-elitists] Why haven't you switched to MacOS X yet?

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Sat Jan 11 15:48:45 PST 2003

on Sat, Jan 11, 2003 at 10:32:46PM +0100, Eugen Leitl (eugen@leitl.org) wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Jan 2003, Mister Bad wrote:
> > The answer is really simple: OS/X is not Free. There are several free
> > and usable alternatives.
> Now that I've carved out my free iBook from my boss' side: what's the best
> Leenucks to run on a G3/700 iBook (20 GBytes HD)? And how large should I
> make my Linux partition? Is 2 GBytes enough? (I assume I can mount the OS
> X partition from it, right?).

I can't answer for the first.

How much space largely depends on what you plan to do with it.  Note
that a bare minimal Debian install requires ~125 MiB or so (a base
system image can fit in < 40 MiB).  A kitchen sink SuSE install is
rumored to require ~8 GiB.  I find 2 GiB a bit spare for a good
workstation install of Debian, and am currently running on a 4 GiB
system (fallback) with pretty decent results.

Rick may have some cautionary suggestions for mixing GNU/Linux and OS X
use of common partitions owing to peculiarities of OS X's (mis)use of
the filesystem and resultant fragility which may result.  I've witnessed
several such discussions, can't say I've firsthand knowledge.


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