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LinuxPPC has released the latest version of its same-name implementation of the open source operating system for PowerPC-based machines. LinuxPPC 1999 Q3 consolidates many of the numerous changes made to the PowerPC Linux kernel since LinuxPPC 1999 was released back in July. In addition to the modifications made to the Linux kernel in general, LinuxPPC 1999 Q3's version of it adds support for the ATI Rage 128 video card built into blue'n'white Power Mac G3s, and offers improved sound and video support for both the G3 and the iMac. The distribution also contains a special kernel for Apple's latest PowerBook G3. LinuxPPC didn't say whether its version of Linux will run on Apple's recently released Power Mac G4 -- as the machine has only just begun to ship, it's possibly too early to say what modifications will need to be made to the LinuxPPC kernel. However, upgrade card vendor PowerLogix separately said it will bundle LinuxPPC 1999 with its PowerPC 7400 (aka G4) upgrade cards, so the software should at least run on older Macs equipped with the new CPU. The Q3 update also features an x86 emulator from Bochs, and the latest versions of the Gnome GUI, the gnu C compiler (2.95.1-0a) and the glibc library (2.1.2-4a). The distribution ships on two CDs -- one for binaries, the other containing all the source code -- for $32. Existing LinuxPPC users can upgrade for $20. ®

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