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06 February 2008, 12:11

Yellow Dog Linux 6.0 for PS3 and PPC systems ready

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Version 6.0 of Yellow Dog Linux (YDL), the distribution for the Power processor architecture, represents a change of direction for Terra Soft Solutions. Fedora has been largely replaced by CentOS as the basis for the distribution. This should make it easier for the company to maintain, as the CentOS development team take much longer to update their distribution than Fedora, which is more focused on new software.

Ultimately this about-turn changes little for YDL users, as the packages from CentOS 5.0/5.1 which form the basis of YDL 6.0 are derived from the same version of the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution, which is in turn based on Fedora Core 6. The software included in YDL 6.0 is only slightly more up-to-date than YDL 5.0, which was based on Fedora Core 5. Terra Soft Solutions has therefore in some instances included packages from the more recent version of Fedora.

YDL 6.0 is suitable for PPC systems such as the Playstation 3 (PS3), Apple PowerPC G4 and G5 and IBM System p (JS2x, 510, 520, 540). The resource-saving E17 desktop, which copes better with the PS3's smaller memory, is also installed. The distributor has also integrated the Cell SDK 3.0 for the PS3 and other systems equipped with Cell processors. Initially the new version of YDL will only be available to paying customers. It should be available to download for free in about a month.


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