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Puppy on an old Apple Mac laptop
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oui

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec 2018, 18:39    Post subject:  Puppy on an old Apple Mac laptop
Subject description: Use Puppy on it / use Puppy PET's on it
 

my wife "is on Apple MAC" since 2..3 y. (after 15 y. with Puppy or Nutyx Linux) and is not happy with it, find nothing, can not connect wifi, etc.

is usage of PC is low: read news papers online and magazines, search tips concerning garden or for cooking, book divers services (hotel, car sharing) and buy online. a good browser is enough!

but sometimes she say: if would prefer "links2" here because it was faster on that and that page. or connect wifi was no problem for her in Puppy, etc.

who is using Puppy on old apple mac's?

CASE 1:

is the frugal use of Puppy within the partitions on apple mac recommended or better not? with save file? or with save subdir? which partition is the best (if relevant)? what is with hardware connection (external mouse, printer, portable phone, closing the laptop to save energy)?

ALTERNATIVE CASE:

is the adding of some typical Linux applications (for ex. links2, the fast and discret browser to read long web pages, or rox filer) possible?

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Dec 2018, 01:19    Post subject:  

Which Apple laptop? What is its current OS version? (Find it under the apple symbol -> about this mac). The connection issues maybe because of a broken wifi module if the machine is too old.

CASE1: Not recommended. Puppies/Linuxies have a hard time with the Apple file system. Try to boot from a (small footprint) USB and see how you like it (some help hints here). Fatdog is pretty good OOTB with 2-7 year-old Macs. The latest Bionic64 is also mostly OK (but if you have the broadcom wifi module it may fail)

ALT CASE. No links2. Links is available through homebrew and you can do graphics with it. (BTW with homebrew you can install/compile A LOT of linux packages in OS X)
You can not use ROX or an alternative window/desktop manager under OS X. The X11 package for OS X has troubles with them.

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