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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 most recent 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, 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
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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]],
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[[Fedora_on_the_Kurobox|Fedora]] and
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[[Sylver_on_the_Kurobox|Sylver's Distro]] (which is an updated and modified version the Kurobox'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.
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== Previous Kurobox Versions ==
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These models are no longer available from the Revogear store, but may be found online at other stores.
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=== The standard Kurobox ===
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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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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.
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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 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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[[Category:Hardware]]
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Latest revision as of 17:38, 13 August 2007