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Linux Magazine: The "Other" Linux

Jul 29, 2004, 08:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Burcaw)

"In May 2003, Apple Computer launched the Power Macintosh G5 to critical and popular acclaim. Powered by the brand-new IBM PowerPC 970 processor and Mac OS X Panther, the G5, and more recently, the G5 Xserve, are compelling paragons of low-cost, high-performance, 64-bit computing. Indeed, the G5 is so cost-effective and capable that 1,100 of them were purchased and assembled to form Virginia Tech's Terascale Cluster, now the third fastest supercomputer in the world, boasting performance of a whopping 10.28 teraflops and built at a fraction of the price of other like configurations.

"But Mac OS X on G5 is only part--and a small part--of the PowerPC (PPC) story. Linux runs on PPC, too, and runs very well. Moreover, PPC cores scale down to embedded devices and up to big iron. 64-bit Linux on Opteron and [Intel's chip] may be the next big thing, but it's already old hat for IBM, Apple, and others. x86? More like ex-86.

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