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[[Image:kuro-box.jpg|thumb|160px|right| The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuro_Box Kuro Box] ]]
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== What is the KuroBox? ==
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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.
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The current incarnation of the KuroBox, the KuroBox/HG, sports a
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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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The KuroBox comes without a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_drive hard drive], but can
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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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KuroBox runs on a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] kernel, and has multiple options for actual
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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
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power, it can [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcode transcode] (decode and then re-encode to another
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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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== Revogear ==
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<small>[[Kanji]] for Kuro Box</small>
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More details on the current KuroBox can be found
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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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== Kurobox Specifications ==
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{{kuroboxhardware}}
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Latest revision as of 17:38, 13 August 2007