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Mar 19, 2000, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"After multiple conversations over the past few months with various Apple folks, I remain convinced that there are many people within Apple trying to Do The Right Thing regarding the open source community. That said, this kind of behavior is eroding my confidence that Apple management is interested in doing anything more than the minimum required to call its strategy "open source."

"The PPC Linux camp has been busy of late with both major distributions -- LinuxPPC and Yellow Dog -- having recently released new revisions of their wares. LinuxPPC 2000 includes the latest and greatest GNOME as well as a brand new graphical installer which, while slick, isn't yet as slick as Mandrake Linux's installer over in the land of x86. Where LinuxPPC seems to be a general overhaul with particular emphasis on the user experience, a slight market bifurcation is starting to become evident. Yellow Dog Linux is clearly labeling its distribution a server, and Champion Server 1.2 contains ample evidence of this leaning."

"One of the many nice things about Linux is that it's freely available. As CD-RW burners and broadband connectivity proliferate, it becomes increasingly practical for ordinary mortals to download image-sized files and burn their own CDs. Speaking as an end-user, I much prefer downloading ISO images for several reasons. I know the order of the folder is just as the distributions' creators intended, I only have to download a single file, and I only have to calculate a single MD5 checksum to guarantee the entire distribution's integrity."

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