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deathseeker25    6

Acontece que Edgar 'Gimli' Hucek conseguiu por Linux Gentoo a correr em Mactel.

To boot up, Hucek had to make modifications to Intel's open-source elilo (extensible firmware interface Linux bootloader), which replaces the BIOS on Mactels, the Linux kernel, and several drivers.

With this, Hucek has been able to "boot from a USB hard disk on the [17-inch] iMac Core Duo. We are using the hacked vesafb driver to inherit the bootloader's framebuffer, keyboard and a USB network card work."

According to the project's Web site, he will be releasing instructions on how he did it along with the appropriate patches this weekend.

Of course, as the first distribution to make the trip, this is far from a complete Linux distribution port at this point. So, no, at this point, you can't use Wine to run Windows programs on Linux on a Mactel.

What Hucek has been able to do is to get Gentoo to boot up to a command line and to compile the Linux kernel.

And, why did he do it? Hucek replied, in the best tradition of hackerdom, "I think the new iMac is a powerful desktop machine and I wanted to have Linux on it and it's a lot of fun."

There can be little doubt that now that he's shown that it's possible, other Linux developers will quickly be following in his pioneering footsteps to create complete Mactel Linux distributions.

Fonte: Linux-Watch

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