Several companies product software that will let you run
the red-hot Linux operating system on your Mac — but Connectix wants
you to be able to run Linux from within the Mac OS itself. Today
the company began shipping the $99 Virtual PC with Red Hat Linux, and
Macworld editors got a recent chance to get an up-close look at this
new emulation package.
According to Connectix’s Mitchell Cipriano, Virtual PC with Red Hat Linux
is intended to be an method of running Linux on your Mac that’s
easy to install, configure, and manage. It’s intended
for users who may need to use Linux periodically, users who are looking for
as pain-free a method of learning Linux as possible, and any other users
who may need to use Linux periodically for whatever reason.
Because Virtual PC runs as an application within the Mac OS, users can run
Linux simultaneously with the Mac OS — something that most PowerPC versions
of Linux, such as LinuxPPC or TerraSoft’s Yellow Dog Linux, can’t do. However,
since Virtual PC emulates the Intel microprocessor found in Windows PCs,
Virtual PC with Red Hat Linux shouldn’t come close to matching the speed
of those Mac-specific Linux versions.
According to Cipriano, Virtual PC supports USB — something the real Linux can’t even do — and can share your existing internet connection.
Cipriano also noted that another new version of Virtual PC, one which
includes Microsoft’s new Windows 2000 operating system,
is on schedule and should be available by the end of this month.
Virtual PC 3.0 takes advantage of the Velocity Engine included in the G4 processor,
according to Cipriano. He also said that in the future, Connectix plans to make
Virtual PC take advantage of Macs containing multiple processors.
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