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HELIOS offers free simplified Linux distribution for Sony PLAYSTATION®3

HELIOS’ simplified Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 utilizes the IBM 64-bit 3.2 GHz Cell processor to provide a powerful state of the art Linux server for Sony PLAYSTATION ® 3
Hannover, Germany, May 29, 2007 – HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading developer of cross-platform networking, PDF, and image server solutions for Mac, Windows, UNIX, and web clients, released today, under basic agreement with Terra Soft Solutions, a free download of its modified Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution optimized to use Sony's PLAYSTATION®3 as a test-drive server. The PS3 GameOS offers entertainment features such as video games, movies, and photos, and HELIOS' simplified Yellow Dog Linux adds a powerful server OS. Together they provide a unique combination of entertainment and server system. Dedicated to making good things even better, HELIOS Software has prepared a stripped down version of Yellow Dog Linux for the purpose of providing a lightweight, low overhead server environment on the PS3, while offering an exciting test-drive platform for its file, print, PDF and image server software.
The HELIOS simplified YDL distribution comes on a CD disk image that installs in less than 6 minutes, and provides a high performance Linux server OS complete with DHCP network settings, support for Java 1.5 and AppleTalk enhanced kernel. “Our Linux distribution for PS3 is another milestone in our support for the Open Source Community”, explained Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO and President of HELIOS Software. “And bringing our software to the PS3 underlines in the most obvious way, that HELIOS Software runs everywhere: Beginning with UNIX and Intel Linux to Mac OS X, Windows, and now the PS3 Entertainment Center.”.
“I am pleased HELIOS chose to bring its enterprise client server solutions to the PS3 running Yellow Dog Linux,” reported Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., the developer of Yellow Dog Linux. “With HELIOS' modified Yellow Dog Linux distribution it is simple to use the PS3 as an efficient light duty server.”
The PS3 uses a 64-bit Cell processor which runs at 3.2 GHz, is PowerPC (PPC) compatible with 256 MB of main memory, and has performance comparable to a G5 single CPU. The PS3 comes with the NVIDIA RSX Graphics Processing Unit, has a 60 GB 2.5" swappable serial ATA disk and offers WLAN and Gigabit Ethernet for network connectivity. Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 is binary compatible with its release for the former Apple PowerPC product line and concurrent support for the Mercury Cell products and IBM Cell and pSeries servers.
Advantages of the HELIOS PS3 Linux installation:
  • Free download from HELIOS web site
  • Easy installation, ready to run in a few minutes
  • Excellent Linux on PS3 documentation from HELIOS
  • Dedicated server operating system with optimized performance (40% more memory available)
  • Java 1.5 runtime is pre-installed
  • Easy maintenance shell from CD
  • HELIOS services are pre-installed as a test-drive 
For information on the complete full featured YDL distribution visit the Terra Soft Solution website (
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HELIOS UB+ Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university, and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Mac, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server services, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.
HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Mac OS X, IBM AIX, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Windows systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Mac, Windows, Web and UNIX-based clients.
Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third-party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.

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