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NetworkWorld: Don't think "Lintel," Part 1: Linux on the PowerPC

Jun 07, 2000, 00:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"One of the most popular distributions of Linux for the PowerPC is LinuxPPC. Closely derived from Red Hat, the distribution is developed and maintained by LinuxPPC, a Wisconsin company. According to its Web site, LinuxPPC runs on most G4 and G3 Macintosh systems. If you're not interested in blowing away a perfectly good new Macintosh operating system to run Linux, LinuxPPC also runs on a variety of older Apple hardware, such as the Power Mac 4400 to 9600 models, as well as the Performa 64xx models. It will also work on Apple Workgroup Server 7250, 8550, 9650 and G3."

"A few other well-known Linux distributions that have been ported to PowerPC include TurboLinux, SuSE and Debian. Each of these distributions is a variation on the original Intel-based version of Linux, each respective company maintains."

"SuSE and Debian offer a load of configuration tools and are aimed primarily at users looking to replace the Apple operating system with Linux on old Mac hardware. TurboLinux includes several network and server administration tools with its PowerPC distribution and could be considered better suited for setting up as a server for the Web or LAN."

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