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Mar 22, 2000, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Guertin)

"Until now, the options for using Linux on this hardware has been rather limited. First there was MkLinux (Sponsored in part by Apple), and Linux PPC. They were two very different approaches to running Linux. MkLlinux was based on the Mach kernel (same kernel Darwin and OS X are based on), and Linux PPC was the first based on a monolithic kernel, meaning that the kernel is made for a very specific set of hardware components, and can be configured for specific hardware in your machine. This was a great start."

"Somewhere along the way MkLinux dwindled into near nothingness, and another contender came into the Linux on PPC marketplace. It is called Yellow Dog Linux, and for most purposes, is very similar to Linux PPC. It and Linux PPC are both based on RedHat Linux, meaning that they carry a similar file system structure and use the RPM package manager, and runs on the same kernels as Linux PPC does. This new distribution of linux gave users somewhat of a choice, but still limited us to a RedHat based (I personally detest RPM based systems, but that is my personal choice) distribution."

"In the not so near future, things may drastically change for PPC users. There are some lights on the horizon that are hard not to notice. A couple of the 'big' players in the Linux world are porting their distributions to PPC architecture, and this is a good thing. Both Debian Linux and SuSE Linux have in the works distributions that will run on all PCI or better powermacs and various other selected PPC machines. This is where things get interesting."

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