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Mac Linux distributor LinuxPPC is preparing to widen the appeal of its PowerPC implementation of the open source OS with a push into the Mac retail and resale channel. The drive will centre on the company's upcoming LinuxPPC 2000 release, to be made available in a box set comprising dual source and binary CDs, and, at long last, a printed manual. LinuxPPC 2000 sports upgraded kernel, utilities, application and GUI software; an improved, faster version of its graphical installation utility; and a graphical disk partitioning utility. It will also be the company's first version of Linux to boot directly off the CD. LinuxPPC 2000 is based on the popular x86-oriented Red Hat Linux. The release of the box-set, geared more towards sales through resellers than LinuxPPC's traditional off-the-Web approach, will mark the company's emergence as a more commercial entity, extending it beyond its roots servicing the once small Mac Linux community into the IT mainstream. LinuxPPC has some way to go to match the productisation of the Linux OS done by rival Mac-based Yellow Dog Linux, which has two highly targeted Linux distributions: Champion Server and the still-to-ship Gone Home. However, it is definitely moving in the right direction here, a process that will hopeful be accelerated by arrival of other Linux distributors into the Mac market, most notably European market leader SuSE. LinuxPPC 2000 is due to be released later this month. ®

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