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MacWorld: Linux Making Mac Inroads

Aug 22, 2000, 08:50 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mathew Honan)


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"Although the Cube is the machine getting all the press these days, in terms of operating systems, the buzz clearly goes to Linux -- at least until an OS X beta ships. Linux is predominantly found on Intel boxes, but if this year's Linux World Expo is any indication, the "open source that could" is making steady inroads into the Mac community."

"SuSe was showing off version 6.4 of their Linux OS, which is designed for Power PCs. Version 6.4 allows users to either auto- or custom-install Linux on a partitioned Mac. The setup software detects hardware, sports a graphical interface, and will even partition your drive for you -- although the SuSe rep I spoke with recommended running the custom install and partitioning the drive yourself. SuSe Linux 6.4 allows users to run either Gnome or KDE desktops. Since it comes with Mac-on-Linux (among other applications), this is one time when Mac users can have their cake and eat it too. In addition, Linux 6.4 supports USB for almost all keyboards and mice, as well as several other devices."

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