updated 03:40 am EDT, Thu September 30, 2004
Yellow Dog Linux v4.0
Terra Soft has released , a final version of the RPM-based Linux operating system built for the PowerPC architecture. The company said that the final Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 CD-Rs have been created and will today be delivered to a CD production facility for glass mastering and replication. Although the CDs are not expected to be available for approximately two weeks, Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 is immediately available through YDL.net Enhanced accounts. YDL 4.0 is built upon Fedora Core 2, offering both KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.6.0 desktops with an all new presentation for both the Installer and post-installed desktop environment. It also includes OpenOffice 1.1.1, Rhythmbox 0.8.3, Mozilla 1.7 and development tools glibc 2.3.3 and gcc 3.3.3 built upon the 32-bit kernel 2.6.8.
Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 offers 32-bit support for USB-G3s, G4s, G5 Power Macs, and through the Freescale Board Support Package, Genesi Pegasos II ATX boards. It also offers supports a larger number of USB devices, including many cameras, printers, adapters, and storage devices as well as incorporates full FireWire support (bootable FireWire requires manual configuration). Also included is dual-head monitor support, wireless connectivity through the Netgear WG511 54Mb PCMCIA card (with D-Link and Linksys USB card support in final stages of testing), and Mac-On-Linux, which offers the ability to run Mac OS 9/X with automatic network configuration.
YDL 4.0 is available to YDL.net Enhanced users, who pay a $5 monthly subscription fee for 10MB of personal web space and access to a private Yellow Dog Linux file repository. YDL.net Basic, required for the enhanced accounts, is $60 and offers lifetime email accounts with secure webmail access, custom folder/address book management, POP3/IMAP access, and other mail options.