Cell processor specialist buys Linux distributor
The Japanese Fixstars Corporation has bought Terra Soft Solutions. Fixstars specialises in software for the Cell processor and offers a PCI Cell expansion card, the GigaAccell 180 which runs Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux as its supported operating system. Terra Soft is the most important Linux distributor for the Cell platform. The current Yellow Dog Linux works on the PlayStation 3 and on other computers with Cell processors, including IBM's Cell blades. Terra Soft Solutions will now become a subsidiary of Fixstars, "Fixstars Solutions Inc". All of the current staff and the entire product range are included in the acquisition.
Fixstars Corporation says it "maintains the world's largest dedicated Cell/Broadband Engine development staff" and develops solutions for vertical markets. Among its customers are Cell consortium founders IBM, Sony and Toshiba. Terra Soft Solutions was founded in 1999 and produces a Linux distribution for Apple Macintosh and other PowerPC and IBM POWER-based computers and servers. In 2005, Terra Soft expanded its work to include the Cell processor, which is based on the PowerPC architecture.