Momentum Computer, Terra Soft Deliver PowerPC SBC with Yellow Dog Linux

9/2/2003 - Momentum Computer, an innovative developer specializing in quick turnaround of high-performance board-level solutions, has announced that all of their PowerPC-based single-board computers will now be available with the complete Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) operating system package from Terra Soft Solutions, Inc. of Loveland, Colo. effective immediately. Derived from the popular Red Hat Linux, Terra Soft has packaged this open source operating system to assure unparalleled ease-of-use, compatibility and transparency when running on PowerPC platforms such as Momentum’s Civet and Puma single-board computers (SBC).

“By bundling Yellow Dog with our Power PC offerings, we are providing customers with an elegant and comprehensive open source solution that is not only cost effective and fast, but couples a host of robust features with ease-of-use more commonly associated with costly packaged software. This reduces time, effort, and cost in code development,” stated Momentum’s president, Harry L. White. “The popularity of Linux has really taken off and Terra Soft’s YDL implementation is a robust, mature operating system that is simple to install, offers a choice of user interfaces and includes literally hundreds of the most recent, stable versions of open source applications, developer tools and utilities,” he added.

Terra Soft’s co-founder and CEO, Kai Staats noted, “We are pleased that Momentum has chosen to offer Yellow Dog Linux with their PowerPC offerings. Momentum is unique in that their time to market is unsurpassed, their development team rich with experience, and their products appropriately priced and well-supported. With Yellow Dog Linux, the end-user now has a seamless code migration path from the development workstation to the target board – no need for cross-platform, cross-compilation. By completing the Momentum package with YDL, customers will enjoy a truly comprehensive, powerful and flexible solution.”

Momentum’s popular Civet and Puma boards will now be available with version 3.0 of Yellow Dog. These computers are suited for a diverse range of uses from traditional embedded systems and telecommunications to sophisticated clustering applications:

Available now with delivery times of two to four weeks, pricing for OEM quantities of Puma boards starts below $2000, while Civet boards start below $1500 including the Yellow Dog Linux package. For more information about the Puma and Civet product lines or Momentum Computer, Inc., call 760.431.8663 or visit them on the Web at Further details about Yellow Dog Linux are available at

About Momentum Computer
Momentum Computer was founded by Harry L. White and a team of engineers to fill an important need in the embedded computer market — quick turnaround and delivery of custom processor and high-performance I/O boards. Their standard and custom product offerings include single-board computers based on UltraSparc, MIPS, Intel and PowerPC processors in CompactPCI, VME, ATX and PMC form factors. Momentum’s high level of engineering expertise and efficient processes result in a custom design cycle that provides system designers with the fastest possible time to production.

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Terra Soft is a leading developer of integrated solutions for PowerPC and an Apple Authorized Proprietary Solutions Provider. Yellow Dog Linux has boosted viability of Linux on PowerPC microprocessors with support for desktop, embedded, and HPC systems. Black Lab is an advanced, scalable, HPC cluster build and management suite. For more information, visit

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