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LinuxPPC, Inc. has released a slimline version of the open source OS that allows Mac users and owners of other PowerPC-based machines to sample the software without having to navigate the full release's tortuous installation process. Linux Live can be booted straight off a MacOS-formatted hard drive, simply by double-clicking its icon. That spares computer users keen to try Linux from backing-up and re-partitioning their hard disks, often a long process and one less technically-inclined users are rarely happy to perform. Live is based LinuxPPC Release 4.0. It includes the OS' most common commands and utilities, the KDE X Windows-based GUI, Netscape Communicator, the Gimp Photoshop clone, and other tools. The software is available now as a 40MB download from LinuxPPC, Inc.'s Web site. It requires 105MB of disk space and at least 16MB of memory. Most modern Macs are supported, though as yet the software will not run on the iMac or the new 'blue and white' Power Mac G3 machines. The site contains a full list of supported hardware, which includes Mac clones and the BeBox. ®

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