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Mac software developer Terra Soft Solutions (TSS), best known for its Terra Firma clip-maps, is attempting to become the Red Hat of the Macintosh world with the launch of Yellow Dog, a subsidiary dedicated to distributing a PowerPC version of Linux. Yellow Dog will be offering two Linux packages. The first, Champion Server, is aimed at Web hosts using PowerPC 750-based PowerMac G3 hardware. Due to ship around the middle of next January, Champion Server contains Linux 2.2, a standard set of Web server-oriented applications and utilities -- Gimp, Netscape, Apache, Python, etc. -- plus TSS' own Web Manager site content administration package. Gone Home, Yellow Dog's home-oriented Linux package, is scheduled to ship in Q2 1999. It offers the same set of tools and kernel as the server edition, but omits Web Manager. It will also run on most PCI-based Power Macs. Both products come with only limited installation support -- 30 days for Gone Home and 90 days for Champion Server -- so Yellow Dog clearly reckons its some way off attempting to target corporates in the way Red Hat currently is. Champion Server will cost $74.95; Gome Home $49.95. ®

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