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Hot off the Press - Linux Product News
Wednesday, 07/07/05 by Chuck Brown, Assoc. Editor

Terra Soft and Partner Picks Up the PPC Reigns with New G4 ATX Linux Workstation

Loveland, Colorado -- 6 July 2005 Terra Soft Solutions(R), Inc., the leading developer of integrated Power Architecture Linux solutions, today announces a VAR relationship with Genesi for provision of the Open Desktop Workstation with Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed.

Kai Staats, co-founder & CEO of Terra Soft Solutions states, "This is an exciting engagement for Terra Soft, perfectly timed given recent shifts in the market place. What's more, the Open Desktop Workstation is small in size,
inexpensive, and can be used with existing monitors, keyboards, mice, even 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 ODW 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 Terra Soft on-board as an official Value Added Reseller for the Open Desktop
Workstation. Their Yellow Dog Linux operating system lends a level of recognized integrity, enabling the ODW to move into the hands of end-users in 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 that
ships in several Apple systems. This PowerPC processor boasts a 128-bit wide AltiVec(TM) vector processing engine that can more than double processing performance for many applications while maintaining low power consumption and heat dissipation.

" When we worked with Terra Soft last fall to produce a Yellow Dog Linux Board 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
Semiconductor.

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"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
      Desktop Orientation.
  • Pegasos II with 1GHz G4 processor.
  • 512MB DDR RAM.
  • 80GB ATA100 Hard Disk.
  • Dual-Layer DVD±RW Drive.
  • ATI Radeon 9250 graphics card.

... built upon the Pegasos II motherboard:

  • Micro ATX form factor (236mm x 172mm).
  • OpenFirmware (IEEE1275) boot interface.
  • Marvell Discovery II (MV64361) System Controller.
  • G4 PowerPC CPU.
  • 184-pin 266MHz DDR RAM sockets.
  • 1x AGP slot.
  • 3x PCI slots with riser connector.
  • 2x ATA100 IDE Channels.
  • 3x IEEE1394 ports (400Mbit).
  • 3x USB 1.1 ports (12Mbit).
  • Gigabit and 10/100 Ethernet.
  • AC97 Audio Subsystem.
  • IrDA, 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 Soft Solutions:

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