New toys

Today I got a call from UPS saying they were gonna deliver a package to me later today. I immediately realized that this must be the G5 I won in the Linux on POWER contest.

A couple of hours later the UPS guy arrived. I signed my name on the electronic signing thingie (unreadable as always, does that thing have a 10×10 resolution or what?) and I got this box:

I’ve now installed Fedora Core 4 on it, which seems to work perfectly. I’m also playing around with OS X which was preinstalled. Unfortunately it was only 10.3, so I can’t play with the new Tiger features.

Now, all I got to do is figure out where the heck to put it. I already got a bunch of other machines at this desk:

I’m having problems explaining to my girlfriend (soon to be wife!) why I really need this extra computer in addition to all the old ones. She thinks I should just throw away one of the old machines. I think I need to polish my arguments a bit…

4 Responses to “New toys”

  1. Andy King says:

    Just tell her it is the latest thing in paper weight;-). Your picture already illustrates it.

    Even tell her you maybe helping out on trying to help them design a smaller version. Hee hee.

    What was your submission for the contest, if you don’t mind me asking?

  2. acidx says:

    Whoa, already? I guess I’d have to wait until July, 30 to receive one of those toys :) I don’t even know if I won one G5, too.

    Well, congrats. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I ported granule (http://granule.sourceforge.net/). It was a pretty easy port since it uses GtkMM, and I know the gtk stack pretty well.

  4. I got a G5 from IBM through the same campaign, but through a different competition (I won a programming competition at http://linux.conf.au :)

    Yellowdog linux is definately the the linux to run on the G5, neither ubuntu or fedora core 4 liked the radeon 9600 on ppc. Apparently the latest version now supports sound on the g5 as well, but I think you need a subscription to get the isos for that.

    Anyway, i just wanted to wave and say “I got one too”.

    Take a look at http://buildbot.sf.net – you can help out projects by providing a buildslave. I just started running the OSX buildslave for gstreamer and vorbis – http://build.fluendo.com:8090/ http://mf3.xiph.org:8090/
    and those folk have already found problems on the OS X platform just by being able to run compiles remotely.