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While IBM is offering new incentives for its sales force to sell Linux on its POWER processors, Apple partner Yellow Dog has updated the Linux distribution that runs on G5-based Macs. Big Blue makes the processor that powers its own AIX and OS/400 systems, as well the 970 POWER variant that Apple brands the G5.

Amongst the gwana gwana aimed at the channel, IBM has doubled the discount that Value Advantage Plus resellers can qualify for. They can now receive up to $600 for every $1000 of IBM software for Linux they sell. IBM has made DB2, Informix, Websphere and the Rational tools available on the POWER versions of Linux.

Meanwhile veteran Yellow Dog is offering a dual-processor Apple Power Mac G5, preloaded with the super computing version of its eponymous distribution Y-HPC, for under $2500. Yellow Dog announced that it had ported a prelimary version of Linux to the Xserve G5 back in May. Although you can't buy Y-HPC as a standalone product, Yellow Dog has tweaked the general purpose distro to 4.01, making a release candidate available for download, with revamped installer and desktops based on Gnome 2.6 and KDE 3.2.2.

Apple has promised full 64bit support for the G5 in the next version of Mac OS X Tiger, due by mid-2005.®

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