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Still kind of disappointing though. The e6500 cores are 4 years old by now. You would at least start to expect a whole new product range if they were serious about Power.

And don't forget Rust, although their PPC compiler is still in the works as far as I know.

Suggestions / Re: about suggestions
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:20:41 PM »
As far as commercial GPU's go, I'd go for one of AMD Polaris' chips. We'd just have to look for what we want price/performance/power usage wise.

I'd certainly not follow IBM here. They use Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators and there's no way you're going to cram one in a notebook.

Suggestions / Re: about suggestions
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:31:46 PM »
Intel GPU's are only present as iGPU's so that's a definite no. AMD has better FOSS support, but they also need proprietary firmware to make the GPU's work. Nvidia has terrible FOSS support and has been a constant pain in the neck for the people who write the Nouveau FOSS driver for Nvidia GPU's.

I'd say AMD is the way to go, but unless we find someone who can reverse engineer firmware, I'm afraid a fully FOSS GPU is going to be a problem.

Suggestions / Re: about suggestions
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:15:57 PM »
If it's really too much trouble, we might indeed better opt for a soldered in GPU. Then of course, we'll have to decide on a GPU. I don't think we'd have the resources to offer multiple configurations.

It was branded NXP, but it could be the slides were from the Freescale days and NXP just slapped their logo on it.

As I thought, Freescale slides, just with the NXP logo on top.

Suggestions / Re: about suggestions
« on: June 01, 2016, 04:51:12 PM »
Isn't MXM rather expensive and a slowly disappearing standard?

I have to buy some of these cards for repair (iMac 27") and they are getting real hard to get lately. There isn't much choice and they are getting expensive (around 250 € for not even a top of the range card).

It isn't really dissapearing, it's just not used that often, with many laptop producers using own proprietary standards. I think it's good to be able to replace GPU's, but it would be wise to work together with a GPU producer or an MXM vendor to keep the prices somewhat under control.

I don't think they'll let anyone without an appointment waltz in  ;)
I do remember seeing a slide of NXP with plans for a successor to the e6500 core to come out around 2015-2016, but as of now, nothing has been made public. I really hope they make a new core since power/performance/price wise, those Freescale cores are still the best option.

XD, they do might want backwards compatibility in their systems. I don't think they want to switch architecture too often, but newer developments in technology will eventually need new chips.

We could still try to contact NXP what the deal is with their QorIq PPC line and if they will continue it. Come to think of it, their HQ isn't THAT far from where I live  ;)

Not to mention the Loongson chips also have x86 emulation build in, just like the Elbrus 2K chips.

Well, as longs as military contractors keep using the PowerPC systems, maybe NXP will further develop the chips since they are a steady stream of revenue.

Funny how the army might save a platform useful for free software/hardware.

In case of MIPS, we could always contact Loongson. If I'm not mistaken, Richard Stallman once used a laptop with a Loongson processor.

I think PowerLibre perfectly embodies what we're trying to do.
But you had an idea for MIPS too Carlos?

Others OS / Re: GNU (sans Linux)
« on: May 28, 2016, 03:29:29 PM »
Okay. But why should we use it?

I think it would be an interesting option. As of now, most Linux-Libre system only run on x86 and the GNU Hurd looks like it will have the same problem. All x86 CPU's of today have propriatary microcode in them and that might severly hamper the GNU project further down the line. It's not a priority, but the more option the better.

Others OS / Re: GNU (sans Linux)
« on: May 28, 2016, 02:55:14 PM »
What is the advantage of GNU Hurd?

As for now. Not much. But it's the microkernel GNU was designed to run on from the start.

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