SUSE Linux 7.3 Now Available for PowerPC

November 19, 2001

Most Comprehensive Linux Version For PowerPC CPU's Now Shipping

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Today, SUSE Linux, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, released SUSE Linux 7.3 PowerPC Edition. The latest SUSE edition is the most comprehensive Linux version for PowerPC processors on the market today. SUSE Linux 7.3 PowerPC Edition comes with 8 CDs containing a state-of-the-art Linux operating system and more than 2,000 applications.

SUSE Linux 7.3 PowerPC Edition offers software for virtually any purpose, including image processing software, security solutions, emulators, network and e-commerce tools. The improved desktop KDE 2.2.1 sets new standards for functionality, ergonomics, and user-friendliness. Furthermore, in KDE control center new arrangements have been made to organize the numerous applications in sections such as archiving, graphics, publishing, and network. The virtual machine MOL 0.9.60 (Mac on Linux) was also improved substantially. It allows the use of a network-capable MacOS under Linux in window or full-screen mode. Highlights such as RealPlayer 8, Opera 5.0, Samba 2.2.1a, and GNOME 1.4.1 complement the software equipment.


Based on Linux Kernel 2.4.12 and glibc 2.2.4, SUSE Linux 7.3 PowerPC Edition represents the latest state of Linux development. Through improved memory management, Kernel 2.4.12 achieves better performance particularly in server operations. Private users benefit from the expanded range of drivers and improved USB support. The automatic hardware detection feature has been considerably extended to include even more components, e.g. CD writers, thus enabling YaST2, the SUSE installation and configuration tool, to execute the installation and the Internet hook-up almost entirely by itself. Also new: enhanced YaST2 modules for the comfortable setup of TV cards (BTTV) and scanners. XFree86 4.1 and the extended graphics configuration tool SaX2 (SUSE advanced X configuration) facilitate the setup of graphics hardware. Furthermore, user-friendly YaST2 modules allow fine adjustment of monitor and desktop settings while the system is up and running.

"SUSE mission is to make Linux available for whatever system a user has," explains Holger Dyroff, SUSE US director of sales. "Now, Mac users can have all the benefits of the latest developments in Linux and still run their native Macintosh system and applications. We want everyone to experience Linux."

Offering More Support

The documentation of SUSE Linux 7.3 PowerPC Edition underwent substantial expansion. 550 pages of two closely interlinked manuals offer Linux knowledge, ranging from the installation of a desktop system to the maintenance of heterogeneous networks. For further questions about the installation, users have access to the Internet Support Database ( or turn to the free 60-day installation support, which provides the answers by phone, fax, or e-mail.

SUSE Linux 7.3 for PPC can be purchased directly from SUSE at our online shop.

SUSE Linux 7.3 PowerPC Edition can also be obtained bookstores, or software retailers. The recommended retail price for the package is US $ 79.95.

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