updated 09:00 pm EDT, Thu August 5, 2004
Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 RC1
Terra Soft has released through YDL.net Enhanced paid accounts (only). The "RC1" status denotes v4.0 as "not quite ready for glass-master or use on mission critical systems," according to the company: "However, few issues remain and their level of importance is minor." Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 offers an graphical interface with both KDE 3.2.2 and GNOME 2.6.0 desktops as well as a new presentation for both the Installer and post-install desktop environment. The installation also includes OpenOffice 1.1.1, Rhythmbox 0.8.3, Mozilla 1.6 and development tools glibc 2.3.3 and gcc 3.3.3 built upon the 32-bit kernel 2.6.7.
YDL.net accounts with free lifetime email accounts are available for $60, while the YDL Enhanced account is an extra $5 per month subscription, providing 10MB of personal web space and access to a private Yellow Dog Linux file repository.
Terra Soft says the the release has been tested on G3 iBooks, Blue & Whites, and iMacs, G4 PowerBooks and Power Macs, and G5 Power Macs. "The Terra Soft beta-test community is hard at work with RC1 to verify a full matrix of Apple systems." The company also says that ;preliminary support for the Netgear WG511 54Mb PCMCIA wi-fi card is made possible via a driver available on its website.
The company expects to launch a YDL.net Pro account, which will offer exclusive access to Y-HPC, Terra Soft's 64-bit Linux OS for high-performance computing on Apple's Power Mac G5s, IBM's BladeCenter JS20, and Momentum 970 evaluation boards.