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LinuxPPC Inc. announces LinuxPPC 2000 Q4

Dec 29, 2000, 06:38 (1 Talkback[s])

New version of Linux includes three CD-ROMs, FWB Hard Disk Toolkit*PE

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 CD-ROMs

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 Apple computers.

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.

Other Features

Among the new features in LinuxPPC 2000 Q4:

  • Pre-installation documentation is included on the Install disc
  • KDE 2 and Helix Code's Gnome desktop environments
  • Kernel 2.2.18, glibc 2.1.3-15f
  • XFree versions 3 and 4
  • New versions of the LinuxPPC installation and upgrade utilities
  • Standard Linux software such as Apache, the Gimp, OpenSSH, and postgresql
  • GAIM and Gnapster Internet software
  • 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 applications.

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 web site.

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 see .

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.

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LinuxPPC Inc.