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InfoWorld: SuSE puts Linux on your Mac today

Jan 16, 2001, 21:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by P.J. Connolly)

"SuSE's Linux 7.0 for PowerPC offers ease of installation, support for IBM and other systems, and just might make waiting for Mac OS X unnecessary."

"IT operations have a long history of making exceptions to the "Windows everywhere" rule; case in point is the widespread use of the Apple Macintosh. If your shop is like most others, you probably have a guerrilla band of graphic arts and design people whom you simply can't pry from their beloved Macs. And as Macs traditionally require less support than their Intel-based counterparts running a DOS or Windows environment, many administrators are content to leave well enough alone and the Macs up and running. But what if you want to run Linux as your primary OS or familiarize your users with the Linux system?"

"Unfortunately, one of Linux's major marketing setbacks is that it's still considered a fringe system. Although it's easy to assume that all Linux action takes place on Intel-based machines, that is not the case. In fact, a small but growing number of vendors are committed to supporting Linux on PowerPC (PPC) machines. The most familiar player in this market is probably IBM, which is pitching its AIX 5L as the next-generation OS for its RS/6000 customers, but vendors such as Linux giant SuSE and TerraSoft aren't letting this race go on without them."

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