SuSE Linux will release its first fully engineered version of Linux built to be compatible with Apple's PowerPC-based Macs this month.

The software includes Virtual Machine (MOL) Mac on Linux, making it possible to start the Mac OS in Linux and switch from one program to another. The complete SuSE Linux for PowerPC contains a graphical installation tool, complete network and server functions, development tools and various graphic desktops. More than 1,000 programs are included on four CDs, including the video editing application, Broadcast 2000.

The release follows months of research by SuSE, whose development of a Mac-friendly Linux was first reported in January.

SuSE Linux for PowerPC will ship from mid-June, and will cost £30.