LinuxPPC Inc. announces LinuxPPC 2000 Q4
Dec 29, 2000, 06:38 (1 Talkback[s])
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The newest version of LinuxPPC, the leading version of the Linux
operating system for PowerPC processors, has been released.
LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 is the company's first three CD-ROM set. Its
innovations range from new graphical boot software to software that
can dynamically repartition a hard disk.
New release includes new graphical boot software, bootable
LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 introduces several innovations to the Linux/PPC
world. LinuxPPC Inc. has developed the first graphical versions of
the yaboot and miboot boot software, both of which are included on
the CD-ROM. The yaboot and miboot utilities are released under the
GPL license, as is the LinuxPPC distribution itself.
The Install CD-ROM is bootable on all
PCI-based Apple Power Macintosh computers, including the dual
processor G4, the G4 Cube, and the FireWire PowerBook. It also
boots on older Macs, such as the Power Mac 8500 and Workgroup
Server 7250. Previous LinuxPPC CD-ROMs would not boot on newer
Ships with FWB Hard Disk Toolkit*PE when
ordered directly from LinuxPPC Inc.
LinuxPPC is the only version of Linux to ship
with FWB Hard Disk Toolkit*PE (HDT). Using HDT, a user can
partition their hard disk without erasing it beforehand. To get FWB
Hard Disk Toolkit*PE, simply place an order for LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 at
the company's web site, . The HDT CD-ROM will automatically be
included with the Install, Source, and Extras CD-ROMs.
Among the new features in LinuxPPC 2000
- Pre-installation documentation is included on
the Install disc
- KDE 2 and Helix Code's Gnome desktop
- Kernel 2.2.18, glibc 2.1.3-15f
- XFree versions 3 and 4
- New versions of the LinuxPPC installation and
- Standard Linux software such as Apache, the
Gimp, OpenSSH, and postgresql
- GAIM and Gnapster Internet
- The new Extras CD, featuring GPL
implementations of Marathon Infinity and Maelstrom
- Also on Extras: clustering software, emulation
software, Mozilla, and more than 300 additional
Japanese support coming soon
Amulet Inc. of Tokyo, Japan is developing full
support for the Japanese character set for LinuxPPC. Watch for more
announcements on this on the Amulet web site, , and on the LinuxPPC
Now available for worldwide download
LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 can now be downloaded from
dozens of FTP servers around the world. For a complete list, please
Free CD-ROMs at January 2001 Macworld Expo
LinuxPPC Inc. will be giving out free LinuxPPC
2000 Q4 Install CD-ROMs at the January 2001 Macworld Expo in San
Francisco, California. A giveaway will occur every day at 1:00 PM.
The company will be in booth #4700. The LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 CD sets
and boxed set will go on sale shortly after the Macworld Expo.
LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 is the last release the
company will make before executing a major structural change. More
details about this will be made available at the Macworld Expo.
About LinuxPPC Inc.
LinuxPPC Inc., based in Waukesha, Wisconsin,
develops and distributes LinuxPPC, the most popular Linux
distribution for PowerPC computers. The company dealt a body blow
to Windows 2000 in the recent LinuxPPC Security Challenge, in which
a Power Mac 9500 running LinuxPPC bested a 500 MHz Pentium III
running Windows 2000.
The company sponsors development of Linux on
the PowerPC through hardware donations and developer sponsorships.
LinuxPPC Inc. is a member of Linux International and the Motorola
Computer Group Partner Program.