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== What is the KuroBox? ==
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== What is the Kurobox? ==
The KuroBox is a small-footprint [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embedded_Linux Embedded Linux]-based platform for a personal server.
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The Kurobox is a small-footprint [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embedded_Linux Embedded Linux]-based platform for a personal server.
  
The current incarnation of the KuroBox, the KuroBox/HG WR, sports a  
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The most recent incarnation of the Kurobox, the Kurobox HG/WR, sports a  
266Mhz [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PowerPC] processor, 128MB of RAM, 2 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB USB] 2.0 Ports, and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_ethernet 10/100/1000Mbit] network interface.
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266Mhz [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PowerPC] processor, 128MB of RAM, two [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB USB] 2.0 Ports, and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_ethernet 10/100/1000Mbit] network interface. The Kurobox comes without a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_drive hard drive], but supports any standard IDE ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA Parallel ATA (PATA)], not [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA Serial ATA (SATA)]) 3.5" drive. The  
The KuroBox comes without a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_drive hard drive], but can
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Kurobox runs on a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] kernel, and has multiple options for actual distribution. Actually, any [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] distribution that supports [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PPC] will work, but so far the community has ported over [[Gentoo_on_the_Kurobox|Gentoo]], [[Debian_on_the_Kurobox|Debian]],
hold any standard IDE ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA parallel ATA], not [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA SATA]) 3.5" drive. The  
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[[Fedora_on_the_Kurobox|Fedora]] and
KuroBox runs on a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] kernel, and has multiple options for actual  
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[[Sylver_on_the_Kurobox|Sylver's Distro]] (which is an updated and modified version the Kurobox's original embedded distribution).
distribution. Actually, any [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] distribution that supports [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PPC]  
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will work, but so far the community has ported over
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[http://www.kurobox.com/mwiki/index.php/Gentoo_on_the_Kurobox Gentoo],
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[http://www.kurobox.com/mwiki/index.php/Debian_on_the_Kurobox Debian],
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[http://www.kurobox.com/mwiki/index.php/Fedora_on_the_Kurobox Fedora] and
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[http://www.kurobox.com/mwiki/index.php/Sylver_on_the_Kurobox Sylver's Distro] (which is the current incarnation of the Kuro's original embedded distribution).
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To give you a rough idea about the Kurobox HG's power, it can [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcode transcode] (decode and then re-encode to another bitrate) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3 MP3's] using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAME LAME] at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses only '''17''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt watts] of juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's heat) is ultra-quiet at 22dB.
  
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The KuroBox is not for the faint of heart -- there is no graphical installer, no "click here to launch your web server" button. However, if you know a little about Linux, or are willing to learn, the Kurobox is an excellent platform for a small space server.
  
To give you a rough idea about the KuroBox/HG's
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== Previous Kurobox Versions ==
power, it can [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcode transcode] (decode and then re-encode to another
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These models are no longer available from the Revogear store, but may be found online at other stores.
bitrate) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3 MP3's] using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAME LAME]
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at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's
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modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses <b>17</b> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt Watts] of
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juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's
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heat) is ultra-quiet at 22dB.
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The KuroBox is not for the faint of heart -- there
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is no graphical installer, no &quot;click here to launch your web server&quot; button. However, if you know a little about [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux], or are willing to learn, the KuroBox is an excellent platform for a small space
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server.
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== Older Kuro Box Versions ==
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=== The original Kuro Box ===
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=== The standard Kurobox ===
 
* 200 MHz PowerPC
 
* 200 MHz PowerPC
 
* 64MB RAM
 
* 64MB RAM
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=== Kuro Box HG ===
 
=== Kuro Box HG ===
 
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The Kurobox is almost identical to the current Kuro Box HG WR, with the main difference being the power supply. The Kurobox HG has an internal 110V power supply, while the Kurobox HG/WR has an external "brick" 110V-240V switching power supply.
Almost identical to the current Kuro Box HG WR. The main difference is that the Kuro Box HG had an internal 110V power supply, while the Kuro Box HG WR has an external "brick" power supply 110V ... 240V.
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More details on the current KuroBox can be found  
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More details on the current Kurobox can be found at [http://www.revogear.com revogear.com]. Revogear is a division of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Technology Buffalo Technology (USA)] which is a wholly owned subsidiary of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melco Melco].  
at [http://www.revogear.com revogear.com]. Revogear is a division of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Technology Buffalo Technology(USA)] which is a wholly owned subsidiary of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melco Melco].  
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Please email questions to John (at) revogear.com
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Please email questions to John(at)revogear.com
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

Revision as of 04:48, 10 July 2006

Contents

What is the Kurobox?

The Kurobox is a small-footprint Embedded Linux-based platform for a personal server.

The most recent incarnation of the Kurobox, the Kurobox HG/WR, sports a 266Mhz PowerPC processor, 128MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 Ports, and a 10/100/1000Mbit network interface. The Kurobox comes without a hard drive, but supports any standard IDE (Parallel ATA (PATA), not Serial ATA (SATA)) 3.5" drive. The Kurobox runs on a Linux kernel, and has multiple options for actual distribution. Actually, any Linux distribution that supports PPC will work, but so far the community has ported over Gentoo, Debian, Fedora and Sylver's Distro (which is an updated and modified version the Kurobox's original embedded distribution).

To give you a rough idea about the Kurobox HG's power, it can transcode (decode and then re-encode to another bitrate) MP3's using LAME at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses only 17 watts of juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's heat) is ultra-quiet at 22dB.

The KuroBox is not for the faint of heart -- there is no graphical installer, no "click here to launch your web server" button. However, if you know a little about Linux, or are willing to learn, the Kurobox is an excellent platform for a small space server.

Previous Kurobox Versions

These models are no longer available from the Revogear store, but may be found online at other stores.

The standard Kurobox

  • 200 MHz PowerPC
  • 64MB RAM
  • 1 USB port
  • 10/100 network interface

Kuro Box HG

The Kurobox is almost identical to the current Kuro Box HG WR, with the main difference being the power supply. The Kurobox HG has an internal 110V power supply, while the Kurobox HG/WR has an external "brick" 110V-240V switching power supply.

Revogear

Kanji for Kuro Box

More details on the current Kurobox can be found at revogear.com. Revogear is a division of Buffalo Technology (USA) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Melco.

Please email questions to John(at)revogear.com

See Also