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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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== 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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==[[Hardware Specifications|Kurobox Specifications]]==
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[[Category:Hardware]]
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Latest revision as of 17:38, 13 August 2007