MandrakeSoft announced at this week’s Linux World Expo that it has released a version of Mandrake Linux designed to work on Macs. The final release of
Mandrake Linux PPC 8.0
is now ready.
The new release features a user-friendly, graphical installation via DrakX, disk partitioning via DiskDrake, and a centralized configuration utility — the Mandrake Control CEnter. Software Manager and URPMI enables users to perform automatic software package installation and updating; and Supermount provides transparent access to CDs, disks and other peripherals, according to MandrakeSoft.
This implementation of Mandrake Linux also features extensive open source tools and updates, according to the developers. Improvements including better modem detection; CD ROM boot for almost all machines; post-installation X configuration via XFdrake; with support added for PowerBook G4s, new iBooks and “Pismo”-era PowerBook G3s; and much more. MandrakeSoft noted that Mandrake Linux PPC is G3-optimized for increased performance, also.
Mandrake Linux PPC 8.0 can be purchased on CD-ROM for US$10 plus shipping and handling; a downloadable archive is expected to be released presently, as well.