Welcome to the Kurobox Wiki

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Ku-ro-box(koo' ro boks), n. 1. a highly hackable headless PowerPC computer. It has Ethernet, USB, and an optional serial port. 2. Expert box.

wi-ki (wee' kee), n. a type of website that allows anyone visiting the site to add, remove, or otherwise edit all content, quickly and easily, often without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative writing.

We are moving all content from the old Tiki-Wiki site to this area. You can still access the old wiki site. Please make all additions to the new wiki as we will eventually be retiring the old area.

News Flashes

New Gentoo image available

If you were thinking about installing Gentoo on your Kurobox, the process just got a whole lot faster and easier. The whole install including the emerge -uD world has been tarred up for your use. An installation and emerge uD world, which used to take a day or two can now be accomplished in about 15 minutes. Head on over to the installation instructions and see how easy it really is.

Visit the new sponsor page

The Kurobox community now has our second coprorate sponsor, Sumo Computer as a thank you I have created a sponsors page where I will list the sponsors that have provided money and services to us. Every person who has contributed to the wiki, formus, or Kurobox itself is more important than the people listed on the page. You keep our community going. They money and services just help us be that much better.

The second Kurobox contest has ended. The third contest is ongoing.

The second contest ended on May 15. Sylver's Bittorrent client took third place. Waite's Automatic installer, a python application which allows a user to easily install any of several operating systems (Gentoo coming very soon) on their Kurobox took second place. Dave's All in One NAS wins first place.

All entries certainly advance the Kurobox as a development platform. Many thanks to Sylver for maintaining an image that allows many users to go straight to making good use of their Kurobox without the learning curve required of typical Linux systems. Thanks to Waite for his entry which eases the transition from delivery of a new Kurobox to one of several operating systems. His entry will be an invaluable tool for the many experimenters needing to setup this very unique development platform. Dave's All in One shows the ability that the Kuro has for doing many of the day to day tasks that a typical office server does using hardware that costs a fraction to own and operate as well as the Kuro's ability to be expanded using typical off the shelf products.

Please take the time to look over all of the entries. There is a wealth of good information in the write ups of all entries received.

If you missed this contest, don't worry about it. There is a new contest currently running. Entries are due by July 1, 2006. Remember, these contests are about development and advancement for the Kurobox. If you have anything that is useful to the Kurobox community, no matter how big or small, please consider entering it. You can't win if you don't enter and when you enter everybody learns.

Prizes for these contests are:

  • 1st place (1 winner) Buffalo TeraStation Pro 1 TB NAS
  • 2nd place (1 winner) Buffalo LinkTheater Media Player
  • 3rd place (1 winner) Buffalo High-Power Wireless Router and Buffalo High-Power Ethernet Converter

Kurobox Bounty

Revolution has posted a new contest for Kurobox owners. All the details are called out there, but in short anyone who can provide a u-boot port that works and is robust (ie still has EM mode) can earn a Buffalo TeraStation Pro 1 TB NAS.

WARNING: This bounty requires reflashing the boot area of FLASH. An incorrect FLASH will render your Kurobox useless. Revolution will not accept warranty claims if this is the cause of your failure. Only attempt this bounty if you have the hardware capability to reprogram FLASH.

Kurobox sighted at Linux World Boston

leenuxg33k had his Kurobox HG on display at the Fedora booth running Fedora Core 4. Attached to the Kurobox was a watt meter. Can you guess the watt usage on a Kurobox with a 120 Gb disk??

  • Peak: 19 Watts at boot
  • Avg: 15 Watts

How many are there?

Support for your Kurobox comes from users all around the world. With Revolution's help, we will be letting users and potential users see how many Kuros are in circulation and where they are. Obviously, a larger user base means more support for this little device. Soon you will be able to see just how big the population of Kuros is. Until then, check out the map in the sidebar to see where Kurobox Wiki visitors are located.

Getting Started

You have many options when first setting up your Kurobox. Click here for some suggestions to get started.

Other areas of interest

How to get involved

Gentoo on the Kurobox

Fedora on the Kurobox

Debian on the Kurobox

Sylver on the Kurobox

Howto's that have been imported

Hardware specs for the Kurobox and Kurobox HG

Please see documentation on customizing the interface and the User's Guide for usage and configuration help. <sp_ch>friend</sp_ch>