Yellow Dog ships new version, aims for Mac users

With Apple's switch over to the Intel architecture nearing, Terra Soft Solutions is hoping to snare PowerMac users exclusively to its Linux distribution.

The company, which provides the Linux OS for the Power architecture used in Apple computers, announced last week the release of Yellow Dog Linux 4.1.

The new distro includes support for Atheros wi-fi cards and PCMCIA mobile phone and modems. USB devices auto-mount under both KDE and GNOME, while sound support has also been improved.

The OS also supports the latest Apple Power Books and provides Beta support for Apple G5 PowerMacs with dual core CPUs.

According to the Yellow Dog site the new distro, which is based on Linux kernel version 2.6.15-rc5, is "faster, more stable, and far more efficient as a desktop OS" than Apple's OSX.

"Yellow Dog Linux is a solid replacement (not just an alternative) to OSX. Breath new life into your PowerPC G3 and G4, giving it a second wind as a personal workstation, or a new function as a web, email, or data server."

Apple plans to ship models of its Macintosh computers using Intel chips by mid-year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007.

Yellow Dog Linux v4.1 is available from YDL.net.

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