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MkLinux announces PowerMac & Performa 5200/5300/6200/6300 support

Aug 04, 2000, 22:23 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David A. Gatwood)

[ Thanks to David A. Gatwood for this announcement: ]

For many years, Linux has existed on the Apple PowerMac family of computers. Linux/PPC kernels were available for PCI PowerMacs. MkLinux kernels were available for 6100, 7100, and 8100 machines and NuBus PowerBooks. But one very popular family of Mac was left out in the cold.... Until now.

At the stroke of midnight Pacific time, The MkLinxu Project announced support for the Power Macintosh 5200, 5300, 6200, and 6300 family of personal computers. This marks the first time that any free-standing OS other than MacOS has been available for these machines.

The "Performa family", as many of these machines are also known, was primarily targeted towards home users at a relatively low price point. "We estimate that there are thousands of these things out there, mostly sitting in closets and basements. They're just too slow to run current versions of MacOS," said David Gatwood, Development Coordinator for the MkLinux Project.

Bleeding edge test kernels are now available from the MkLinux ftp site, along with some information about the kernel porting effort. As with any good Linux project, the Performa kernels are 100% free and open source.

For more information, please visit the MkLinux web site at

http://www.mklinux.org