PR: Terra Soft Ships Linux on iPods, FireWire Drives
Mar 09, 2005, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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Terra Soft Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce support for
bootable iPods and FireWire drives, both immediately available from
Terra Soft with Yellow Dog Linux pre-installed.
A bootable iPod or FireWire drive contains a full installation
of Yellow Dog Linux which can be used as an external, bootable
drive. All applications, data, and /home directory information is
contained in this palm-sized medium, offering an unprecedented
level of portability as users can boot G4 and G5 Apple computers
from the iPod or FireWire drive, leaving internal drives
"Bill Mueller, Terra Soft software engineer states, "While the
goal of this project was to simply enable bootable FireWire, I took
it one step further and incorporated Anaconda, a patched 'parted,'
and a clever partition resize tool. I just couldn't put the project
down. I wanted to be able to install directly to my iPod from the
Yellow Dog Install CDs... now you can do just that."
"Terra Soft has created a hybrid Yellow Dog Linux v4.0.1 #1
Install CD that incorporates the changes required to install to an
iPod or FireWire drive from the graphical installer. This hybrid is
immediately available through YDL.net Enhanced accounts at
"Since the day Apple first incorporated FireWire support we have
been asked to enable Yellow Dog to install to a FireWire drive.
While we would have gladly made this happen sooner, it was in fact
a substantial challenge not easily completed. Now complete, no
longer does one need to reformat an internal drive, reinstall OSX,
and then Yellow Dog. With bootable external devices or the ability
to resize an internal drive without reformat, Yellow Dog Linux just
became a far more flexible, even more powerful OS," offers Kai
Staats, co-founder & CEO.
Now available from the Terra Soft on-line Store are iPods and
LaCie brand external FireWire drives with Yellow Dog Linux
Staats continues, "Consider an iPod or pocket FireWire drive the
most portable Linux workstation in the world. If there are Macs at
your destination, you need only bring your drive and cable, reboot
the borrowed computer, hold the Option key, and go. It's simple.
It's fast. And it just works."
Terra Soft thanks Bill Fink for his original work that laid the
foundation for bootable PowerPC Linux FireWire drives, and
Guillaume Knispel for the partition resize tool which became
integral in this solution.