Knoppix on the Intel-based Macintosh

Written on February 20, 2006


I reported a few days ago that we (my friends Mark A. Smith and Benjamin Reed, and myself) had Linux booting on the Intel-based Macintosh. We also released a test-drive mini-distribution that can be trivially booted by anybody interested.

We have been looking at Linux on this hardware some more, and we are glad to report that we now have a full-fledged Knoppix distribution working, complete with the X Window system.

Linux on the Intel-based Macintosh: Now a Viable Alternative

We are releasing the first pictures of Knoppix 4.0 running on a 17-inch iMac Core Duo. The X Window system is shown running at full resolution (rather, fuller resolution — 1472x900 — notice that the bottom right edge of the KDE "dock" is cut off). Most (but not all) aspects of the hardware seem to work, but we have yet to analyse exactly what doesn't work and assess how much work it might take to get such things working.


Once we have tested the system a bit more, we will try to release a full Knoppix distribution through Bit Torrent. We also have to trawl through the kernel source and the umpteen kernel "config" files so that we can release a coherent set of patches.