With over 600 packages installed and 2500 new ones available via the EPEL repository, Yellow Dog Linux 6.2 made its appearance on the Linux scene last night, June 29th, when Fixars Solutions announced
its availability via the YDL.net Enhanced accounts. The good news when it comes to this second maintenance release of Yellow Dog Linux 6 is that it now offers the ability to install it and boot it from a USB flash drive. Moreover, the PS3VRAM has been greatly improved to offer an increase in speed of up to 50% compared to Yellow Dog Linux 6.1. There is also very good news for wireless users, as the Wicd application offers more reliable WPA and WEP security protocols. "In Yellow Dog Linux v6.2, we focused on refining the existing features from previous releases [...] 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."
- said Owen
Stampflee, Fixstars Linux product manager. Highlights of Yellow Dog Linux 6.2:
· USB boot and install support;
· Linux Kernel 2.6.29 PPC64;
· Linux Kernel 2.6.27 PPC32;
· Added the Xfce 4 desktop environment;
· Updated IMB Cell SDK to version 184.108.40.206;
· Updated the OpenOffice.org office suite to version 3.0;
· Updated Mozilla Firefox web browser to version 3.0.6;
· Improved wireless support;
· Improved Shockwave Flash support;
· Better PS3VRAM support;
· Updated Gnash to version 0.8.4;
· Added Libfreevec. Yellow Dog Linux 6.2 is available for:
- Sony PlayStation 3;
- Apple PowerPC G4 and G5;
- YDL PowerStation;
The regular installation of Yellow Dog Linux 6.2 will provide a beautiful and eye-candy Enlightenment E17 window manager, Mozilla Firefox 3 as the default web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird as the default e-mail client and the popular Pidgin as the multi-protocol Instant Messenger client. There's also the popular OpenOffice.org office suite, Ekiga for VoIP communications, gThumb and GIMP for your image viewing/editing needs, the Fluendo multimedia codec installer, and many other useful utilities.
Unfortunately, Yellow Dog Linux 6.2 is not free at the moment, and it is not available for download (it will be in one month, though). For the time being, it's only available for purchase from Fixstars' online store
as a 2 DVD set. Prices start from $49.95 USD (plus shipping). All orders will arrive in two weeks!