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Suggestions / Re: M2 or Sata?
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:44:16 PM »
M.2 and SATA are not comparable technologies.

M.2 is a port design that can leverage both SATA 3 and NVMe storage.
I guess you meant SATA 3 or NVMe. M.2 would be good to use anyhow as it saves a lot of space compared to 2.5" SSD's.
SATA SSD's are quite cost-effective, NMVe is quite a bit faster, but for now, much more expensive.
I think it's possible to implement M.2 with AHCI backwards compatibility so one can mount both SATA 3 and NVMe M.2 SSD's.

Very good pricing, IMO. At the moment, the site seems to be down?

Especially the CPU, it's only 310$. The site is just quite slow. If you'll load enough, you'll get through.

Gnu/Linux Distros / MATE PowerPC Remix
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:14:26 PM »
It seems A-EON Technology made their own Linux distro with MATE since Ubuntu officially dropped PowerPC in Ubuntu 17.04. Maybe this is something that could be of use to us as well?

Gnu/Linux Distros / OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
« on: May 31, 2017, 10:12:02 AM »
Was taking a look at various distros and it looks like OpenSUSE Tubleweed (which is a rolling release) is available for both PPC64 and PPC64le.

Woops, my above comment was supposed to end in the "Browser Situation" topic.

Doesn't the GNOME Web browser work perfectly on PowerPC? It has support for Firefox Sync and is based on Webkit.

Gnu/Linux Distros / Re: Fedora
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:06:02 AM »
I think we should also test Fedora, I know its not fully Libre but it's a major distribution that still supports PowerPC (albeit only PPC64 and not in their standard "Workstation" variant).
b) PPC64 Big Endian Road - Kernel 4.x days - Its basically down to Fedora 20 Server
and Ubuntu 14 MATE. Here we have newer MATE/Cinnamon, and really fresh FF, Libre 5.x etc.
Also we need 64-bit for 4GB+ RAM

Little Endian is supported by newest Debian and few more Linuxes due to IBM Power8 initiative, but that is "working the things easy way" - no Altivec and IBM Power 8 optimized.

Fedora 25 Server also has a PPC64 version, does that work on the X1000?

Gnu/Linux Distros / Fedora
« on: April 26, 2017, 02:32:22 PM »
I think we should also test Fedora, I know its not fully Libre but it's a major distribution that still supports PowerPC (albeit only PPC64 and not in their standard "Workstation" variant).


Notebook chassis / Re: Lenovo W530 Chassis
« on: March 03, 2017, 07:54:13 PM »
Yes, Clevo. They are probably the most popular OEM laptop and chassis manufacturer.
Lenovo is hust not possible and buying secondhand cases is not a good idea.

Notebook chassis / Re: Lenovo W530 Chassis
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:58:59 PM »
Unfortunatly, we need a chassis we can actually buy. As far as I know, Lenovo doesn't.

Gnu/Linux Distros / Debian+PIXEL
« on: December 21, 2016, 03:52:30 PM »
The RPi Foundation has released an x86 version of the Raspbian PIXEL (Debian+PIXEL) distro

Personally I like PIXEL, it's clean, simple and elegant and I would certianly like to ask the RPi Foundation for a PPC version.

General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:16:58 PM »
I sincerely hope an embedded solution comes out of the OpenPOWER Foundation, server hardware isn't going to get us far.

Suggestions / Re: Future Power CPU's and ideas
« on: November 06, 2016, 07:07:57 PM »
AMCC has seemingly ceased all development of Power based chips before Freescale. But since Freescale needed to design their cores from their own R&D, I can imagine Qualcomm passing these in favor of pre-made ARM cores.

I wonder if we grouped together with some companies and asked IBM to design a cut down POWER9 core how much that would cost (since the cores themselves already have been designed). Maybe if a large enough group of smaller companies buy a smaller design chip. If Intel can make more than 10 variants of every Intel Core design, then surely we should be able to get one more design out of POWER?

Maybe I'm a bit too optimistic.

Suggestions / Re: Future Power CPU's and ideas
« on: November 06, 2016, 02:09:15 PM »
I don't really see it as a POWER derivative chip, but rather a severely cut down version of their server chips (because that's what I think is hurting the TALOS Secure Workstation, it's prohibitively expensive). but I can imagine even making a cut down version would cost quite a bit of money.

However if NXP --> Qualcomm stops making Power based QorIQ chips, companies who are dependant on the Power chips like A-EON, ACube and such might pool together for such a project. i can even see Raptor Engineering opt for a more low-end Power chip to reduce costs.

Suggestions / Future Power CPU's and ideas
« on: November 05, 2016, 02:01:03 AM »
NXP's QorIQ Power line has a bit of an uncertain future, so I was pondering what else could be a future candidate for a future project.

I was thinking, since the Power8 and Power9 cores are open for modification, could a potential dual core SMT4 (2 cores, 8 threads) or a quad core SMT4 (4 cores, 16 threads) be a viable option for a laptop? (I think a quad core design might guzzle up too much power). If a dual core full Power9 CPU could be utilized (maybe at a lower clockspeed as well), what would it enable us to do? Who would design it and who would build it?


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