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Terra Soft today released Yellow Dog Linux v6.0 for Sony PS3, Apple G4/G5, and IBM System p. Built upon the CentOS foundation

Terra Soft today released Yellow Dog Linux v6.0 for Sony PS3, Apple G4/G5, and IBM System p. Built upon the CentOS foundation

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June 27, 2016

This particular release marks an important point in our history, leading into our tenth year of Linux OS development and distribution for the Power architecture. To put things in perspective, in the spring of 1999 all installers were text-based, cell phone modems functioned only in the movies, and the fastest desktops ran at 300MHz ... it would be another year before we shipped with AltiVec support. Now, the Cell CPU offers 3.2GHz across 9 cores and our cell phones nearly equal the performance of a desktop of 1999, states Kai Staats, Terra Soft CEO.

YDL v6.0 delivers the professional quality of an enterprise level Linux distribution to a just-works desktop experience for both PS3 and Apple PowerPC. Built upon CentOS with select Fedora 7 components, YDL v6.0 integrates the "E17" desktop to provide a lean, uncluttered interface.

Staats concludes,

We remain proud to provide the finest Linux OS for Power experience, and it just keeps getting better. Many thanks to Red Hat, the open source community and CentOS team, IBM and Sony for making YDL v6.0 possible. Enjoy!

Yellow Dog Linux v6.0 supports:

  • Sony PS3.
  • Apple PowerPC G4, G5.
  • IBM System p (JS2x, 510, 520, 540).
  • 802.11b Airport auto-configuration; Extreme with configuration.
  • Audio on all tested machines.
  • Sony PS3 Sixaxis game controller.
  • Cell phone internet connections with configuration.

Yellow Dog Linux v6.0 key features:

  • E17 & Gnome installed by default, KDE included.
  • Gnash, the Flash work-alike.
  • Ekiga VoIP, Pidgin IM/IRC, and Fluendo codec installer.
  • kernel v2.6.23, gcc v4.1.1, gblic v2.5, and Eclipse v3.2.2.
  • The only Linux distribution to include by default Cell SDK v3.0.
  • IBM iRT (interactive raytrace) demo available via Enhanced.

The YDL installer enables anyone to install Linux. Post-install, the default application set includes the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email client, Pidgin IM/IRC client, Ekiga Voice over IP phone application, OpenOffice, gThumb and GIMP, RythmBox Music Player, games, multimedia applications, and a suite of personal accessories. Development and server tools are available from the custom installation menus.

The Fluendo multimedia codec installer enables MP3 support (included for free) and other proprietary sound and video media decoders to be legally purchased, downloaded, and installed, greatly enhancing the Linux desktop experience.

To learn more about the default installed applications, visit:

The FireFox home page offers this tutorial to YDL and E17:

To learn more about Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux, visit:

Yellow Dog Linux v6.0 is immediately available via Enhanced accounts which may be purchased at the Terra Soft Store:

The physical DVD sets will ship from Terra Soft in 2 weeks. The public mirrors will offer v6.0 downloads in one month.

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.

As the recognized leader in Linux for Power since 1999, Terra Soft provides Yellow Dog Linux board support for Power architecture chip vendors and OEMs; turn-key, integrated solutions built upon IBM, Mercury, and Sony systems; and cross-architecture Linux applications for high performance computing, including Y-HPC Cluster Construction Suite and the Y-Film Asset Management System.

For more information, visit

PLAYSTATION3 and PS3 are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Power is a trademark of IBM. Flash is a trademark of Adobe. YDL, Y-HPC, and Y-Film are registered trademarks of Terra Soft Solutions. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Additional product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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