SuSE Linux will release SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC edition in early April.

SuSE Linux will install Linux on PowerPC-based Macs. It's based on a new kernel - called Kernel 2.4.2 - which offers "greatly enhanced" USB support. It also supports Advanced Linux Sound Architecture for Power Macintosh, more RAM and can handle larger files.

The SuSE Linux 7.1 PowerPC package contains 6 CDs, a 500-page manual and comes with 60 days installation support. It's expected to cost £30.

Version 7.1 integrates Xfree 86 4.0.2, written by SuSE, which supports the ATA adaptors found in some PowerPC-based Macs and also supports anti-aliased fonts.

Over 1,000 applications come bundled with the release. These include the industry-standard Apache Web server, a mail client, imaging, text and databasing programs, and the latest version of K Desktop Environment (KDE).