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|| ||[media-relations] Terra Soft Launches Most Polished Yellow Dog to
Date: Press Release 2006 01/05|
|| ||Thu, 5 Jan 2006 10:27:25 -0700|
TERRA SOFT LAUNCHES YDL V4.1
PHOENIX, Arizona - 5 January 2006 - Terra Soft Solutions, the leading
developer of integrated Power Architecture Linux solutions is pleased to
announce the release of Yellow Dog Linux v4.1.
This next evolution of Yellow Dog provides an incredible array of updates and
improvements, the foundation for the most complete, integrated release to
- Support for backlit keys.
- PCMCIA cell phone and modem support.
- Support for Atheros wi-fi cards.
- Dual head config via the GUI.
- Install direct to and boot from FireWire drives.
- USB device auto-mount under both KDE & GNOME.
- Greatly improved sound support.
- Graphical Up2Date package install and update tool.
- Support for the latest Apple PowerBooks.
- Beta support for Apple G5 PowerMacs with dual core CPUs.
- Basic 64-bit development and runtime support.
... and a completely rebuilt KDE and Gnome "start" menu for vastly improved
navigation of the graphical user interface.
Terra Soft's co-founder and CEO offers, "Looking back I count eight years and
a dozen releases since we powered-on Terra Soft. An additional six months
prior were our first experiments with MKLinux ... [It would be] two years
before the graphical installer was common-place. The following year we
shipped our first pre-installed Apple computer.
"Over the years we integrated support for USB cameras, FireWire drives,
wireless, 970 CPUs, SATA, InfiniBand and BlueTooth. They said it would never
be done, but this fall a dedicated few produced beta support for Airport
Extreme. A dizzying array of challenging complexity made simple in order that
we may, through Linux, further our knowledge of the human DNA, improve the
safety of our commercial aircraft, and deliver an email to a friend.
"And now from the top of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix Arizona, I am launching
this press release via a PCMCIA cell phone, incorporating a digital photo
taken just moments ago, and editing HTML on a server one thousand miles to
"While internet connectivity via a cell phone is not new, consider that the
individuals who made it possible for Linux were not likely paid to do so, or
the company for which they work released the result of their effort as a
contribution --a clear demonstration of the power of the open-source
"While press releases typically follow a template for self-promotion and
product availability, I desire to instead give credit to the Linux community
for what I am able to do here today. While our six months labor in producing
this highly integrated, refined release was tremendous, it is the open-source
developers world-wide that have provided the components to make it possible.
"Perhaps moved by my perch from this early morning vantage, I invite those
Windows and OSX users world-wide who have not tried Linux to experience the
pleasure of a rich, full-featured operating system developed by a community
of people motivated by creative expression and desire for continual
improvement of the operating system ... And yes, you can use your mouse."
Yellow Dog Linux v4.1 is immediately available from YDL.net Enhanced accounts,
will ship from the Terra Soft Store and Resellers by the close of January,
and will be available from public mirrors two weeks thereafter.
To learn more about YDL v4.1, visit:
About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Terra Soft is a leading Integrated Solutions Provider with proven expertise in
the Power Architecture and Linux OS platform. As a Mercury, Apple, and Genesi
VAR, and IBM Business Partner, Terra Soft provides turnkey and build-to-order
portables, desktop workstations, HA servers, and HPC clusters. Terra Soft's
Y-HPC 64-bit OS and cluster construction suite is widely accepted as a
preferred platform for Xserve clusters.
Terra Soft's recent product launches include Y-Bio, a cross-architecture life
sciences package; and completion of the world's first commercial Linux Board
Support Package for the Cell processor in collaboration with Mercury
For more information, visit www.terrasoftsolutions.com
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