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Subject: Apple To Ship PowerPC With Linux


Apple To Ship PowerPC With Linux
By Paula Rooney, Computer Retail Week
Dec 15, 1998 (3:10 PM)
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19981215S0011

Apple Computer continues to "Think Different."  At MacWorld next
month, the company will announce a new line of PowerPCs, including
one that runs a version of the Linux operating system instead of
the traditional Macintosh OS, several retail sources said.

"Yes, they're coming out with a PowerPC loading Linux.  They're
really thinking different," said one retail source.  "But it's a
non-retail product."

Several PC makers, especially vendors of sub-$500 systems, are
considering using Linux -- a Unix-like platform -- as an inexpensive
alternative to Windows.

Apple, according to analysts, is probably trying to please one of
its strongest and most loyal customer segments: the education
market. "Linux is catching on, especially in education," said Mike
Kwatinetz, an analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York.
"It's an opportunity for Apple to reassert itself in the college
arena, where it is losing ground."


James Love, Consumer Project on Technology