Yellow Dog Linux 6.2 Offers Xfce, USB Install, EPEL Extra Packages, and more than 600 updates

LOVELAND, COLORADO, 29 June 2009 - Fixstars today announced the immediate availability of Yellow Dog Linux version 6.2, delivering several updates and improvements making it simpler to install, faster, and easier to use.

This release offers an updated kernel v2.6.29 for 64-bit systems, OpenOffice 3.0, Firefox 3.0.6 and IBM Cell SDK v3.1.0.1, as well as the next generation of ps3vram for fast, temporary file storage or swap using PS3 video RAM. With this release, ps3vram is up to 50% faster than in YDL 6.1 and is automatically enabled as swap.

YDL 6.2 now offers libfreevec, a (LGPL) library with replacement routines for GLIBC, such as memcpy(), strlen(), etc. These routines, which have been rewritten and optimized to use the AltiVec vector engine found in the G4/G4+ PowerPC CPUs, can provide for up to 25% increase in application performance.

With YDL v6.2, Fixstars has added a fourth alternative for the desktop environment: Xfce 4. A fast and lightweight desktop environment, Xfce runs applications quickly while reserving system resources, making it ideal for memory limited systems such as the PS3. Although E17 still runs as the default, users can select to install and enable Xfce at any time.

For wireless users, the graphical interface Wicd supported on PowerBooks as well as PS3, now offers more reliable WEP and WPA security protocols.

"In Yellow Dog Linux v6.2, we focused on refining the already existing features from previous releases," states Owen Stampflee, Fixstars Linux Product Manager. "We have fine tuned everything from Shockwave Flash support to wireless operation. This release is another example of how Fixstars continues to produce the sashimi of the Linux world; anything else is just a fried fish sandwich."

YDL v6.2 supports:
- Apple PowerPC G4/G5 products
- YDL PowerStation

YDL v6.2 offers the following updates and improvements over v6.1:
- Ability to install and boot using USB thumb drive
- Kernel v2.6.29 for ppc64, v2.6.27 for ppc32
- IBM Cell SDK v3.1.0.1
- Xfce 4 Desktop Environment
- OpenOffice 3.0
- Mozilla Firefox v3.0.6
- Improved Wicd
- Improved PS3VRAM support
- Libfreevec
- Gnash v0.8.4
- Over 600 updated packages in all!
- Over 2500 new packages in EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux), available via yum.

About Fixstars Corporation

Founded in 2002, Fixstars is a leader in software development specializing in multi-core processors. Fixstars provides solutions mainly in financial, medical, industrial, and digital media fields, who has benefited from increased processing speed of massive amount of data in multi-core environment.
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