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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 WR, 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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== Older Kuro Box Versions ==
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=== The original Kuro Box ===
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* 200 MHz PowerPC
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* 64MB RAM
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* 1 USB port
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* 10/100 network interface
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=== Kuro Box HG ===
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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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== 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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== See Also ==
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* [[Hardware Specifications|Kurobox Specifications]]
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Latest revision as of 17:38, 13 August 2007