off the Press - Linux Product News
07/07/05 by Chuck Brown, Assoc. Editor
and Partner Picks Up the PPC Reigns with New G4 ATX Linux Workstation
Colorado -- 6 July 2005 Terra Soft Solutions(R), Inc., the
leading developer of integrated Power Architecture Linux solutions,
announces a VAR relationship with Genesi for provision of the Open
Workstation with Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed.
Kai Staats, co-founder & CEO of Terra Soft Solutions states, "This
exciting engagement for Terra Soft, perfectly timed given recent shifts
the market place. What's more, the Open Desktop Workstation is small
inexpensive, and can be used with existing monitors, keyboards, mice,
external storage devices. Designed by Genesi to offer tight Linux
integration, we are thrilled to ship a system that just works."
A well rounded, expertly designed product, the Open Desktop Workstation
introduces a choice in PowerPC Linux workstations. The fully configured
with Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed offers a complete home/office
workstation, code development platform for embedded, server, and end-user
applications, as well as the traditional Linux offering of a full featured
email, web, ftp, and database server.
Bill Buck, president of Genesi states, "We are pleased to have
on-board as an official Value Added Reseller for the Open Desktop
Workstation. Their Yellow Dog Linux operating system lends a level
recognized integrity, enabling the ODW to move into the hands of end-users
a more diverse market place."
The Open Desktop
Workstation is based upon the Pegasos II motherboard featuring the
Marvell Discovery II Northbridge and a high-performance
PowerPC(R) processor from Freescale Semiconductor of the same G4 family
ships in several Apple systems. This PowerPC processor boasts a 128-bit
AltiVec(TM) vector processing engine that can more than double processing
performance for many applications while maintaining low power consumption
" When we worked with Terra Soft last fall to produce a Yellow Dog Linux
Support Package, it set in motion what is launched today, a flexible,
powerful workstation with support by an industry-leading Linux distribution," said Chuck Corley, Applications Engineering Manager at Freescale
"The Open Desktop
Workstation from Genesi represents an established platform for Linux
application development, as well as a proving ground for a variety of
end-user solutions on the PowerPC architecture, such as home media centers,
web servers, and self-serve kiosks. Freescale is pleased to see this
platform available to our customers."
The base ODW
configuration is as follows:
- Low Profile Small Footprint Case
- Tower or
II with 1GHz G4 processor.
ATA100 Hard Disk.
Radeon 9250 graphics card.
upon the Pegasos II motherboard:
- Micro ATX form
factor (236mm x 172mm).
- OpenFirmware (IEEE1275)
- Marvell Discovery
II (MV64361) System Controller.
- G4 PowerPC CPU.
266MHz DDR RAM sockets.
- 1x AGP slot.
PCI slots with riser connector.
- 2x ATA100 IDE
- 3x IEEE1394 ports
- 3x USB 1.1 ports
- Gigabit and 10/100
- AC97 Audio Subsystem.
Serial, Parallel, and PS/2.
- Floppy drive connector.
The Open Desktop Workstation grants PowerPC what has been common
place in the
Lintel market for years: an inexpensive
Linux platform built upon industry
standards that meets the price-point and
needs of a diverse set of end users.
Available now with
Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed exclusively from Terra