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Others OS / Re: AmigaOS 4
« Last post by vox on April 27, 2017, 11:19:29 PM »
@nemesis

As already stated here, A-Eon and A-cube are the companies who keep AmigaOS 4, at least, in new NG hardware. Trevor over at A-Eon could be very interested in something like this. It might actually turn a profit for him as all the different Amiga flavours would be interested in an Amiga laptop.

Yup, but mind that laptops specs kind of outperform the "top" model x5000 (I would call bugfixed and x1000 done proper and with more reasonable price). That is, in my eyes, reason against, but yes, as every Amigan since age of dawn, would love to see MOS/AROS/OS4 native on a laptop!
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Fine tuning/Optimization of applications/libraries for PowerPC / Re: Browser situation
« Last post by vox on April 27, 2017, 11:16:44 PM »
There is also OWB for MorphOS built on webkit, I'm not sure how good it actually is compared to TenFourFox. but it could be an option.

There is also Timberwolf for AOS4 but I'm quite sure its quite outdated.

I can send you HTML5 test scores for different browsers on PPC (AmigaOne x1000 OS 4.1FE and Debian Wheezy). In my own experience

a) On Amiga side Odyssey is far better and modern then OWB and TW (TW has never been finished, and I love to read announcement that stands still that it will be updated to FF19 http://friedenhq.org/amiga/timberwolf/ )

b) On Linux side IceWeasel, Firefox and MIDORI do exist, beside KDE browser wich is Amiga style antiquitated by now. IceWeasel and FF are en par but FF tends to be a bit slow, so I find Midori very usable.

On UbuntuMATE which is updated, its possible to run Firefox 52

Yes, on none Javascript has JIT, but HTML5 works flawlessly and I find that most important.

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Fine tuning/Optimization of applications/libraries for PowerPC / Re: Real Flash support
« Last post by vox on April 27, 2017, 11:08:10 PM »
Is someone already working on getting Flash to work properly on PowerPC?

Sadly, there is no Flash in PPC Linux due to Adobe own policy (it does exist on x64
but Adobe doesnt want to make it open for cross platform compile).

Gladly, its been abandoned format, slow and CPU demanding and replaced by HTML5.

Adobes policies on their own plugin have been a matter of resistance in the past,
and I am glad You Tube has moved away.
See http://occupyflash.org/
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Gnu/Linux Distros / Re: Fedora
« Last post by vox on April 27, 2017, 11:03:09 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).
Thoughts.

Using PPC Linux on AmigaOne x1000 and all I can say is, currently choice is down to:

a) PPC32 - Kernel 3.x days, Stable, Good apps from up to 2012 (older IceWeasel, Krita, Libre 3.5 etc.) Avail as Debian Wheezy 7.11, Ubuntu 12-14, and many many more (abeit) older version of Linux distros (Gentoo, OpenSUSE, Fedora ...). KDE/LXDE/GNOME3 all work, but dont have 3D on Radeon HD 7000 and above (Southern Island chips) due some MESA/X.org bugs. Radeons HD 2000-6870 work with 3D.

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.
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Gnu/Linux Distros / Fedora
« Last post by Casper 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).

Thoughts.
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news from the team / Are you a Yocto project expert?
« Last post by robyinno on April 22, 2017, 02:30:34 AM »
We are searching  volunteers expert on Yocto project Linux-based systems for embedded product.

Our PowerPC devkit NXP T2080RDB run Yocto project Linux-based systems for embedded product, at these stage we need to upgrade Yocto thanks to the NXP SDK 2.0 and upgrade kernel with the framebuffer that support a video card.

Our devkit is  connected via PCI-E a AMD HD 4350...

If you like to apply to
http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/job/yocto-project-expert/
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Notebook chassis / Re: Lenovo W530 Chassis
« Last post by Casper 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.
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Notebook chassis / Re: Lenovo W530 Chassis
« Last post by Kaz on March 01, 2017, 05:07:18 AM »
>Unfortunatly, we need a chassis we can actually buy. As far as I know, Lenovo doesn't.

Well, wouldn't it be easier to sell the system as a kit that could be used to drop into a commonly available system rather than settle for second rate crap? Lenovos are popular, widespread, and getting secondhand ones is relatively easy. You could even go for older chassis. But it fits the requirements mostly. I don't think HP, Dell or any of the other large manufacturers sell chassis separately either and unless we want a crap setup that doesn't have the quality of a company like Lenovo (which would preclude people like me, who like quality, from buying it) then we need to find a shell that fits our design choices.

I say Lenovo has the best of most worlds:

Ergonomic case/KB
Touchpad and point stick
Legendary reliability (Since it comes from IBM!)
Widely available parts
Durable case design

The older IBM laptops are even better but then you get into other problems like shittier screen, component life etc. Do you have any better ideas?
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Notebook chassis / Re: Lenovo W530 Chassis
« Last post by Casper 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.
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Notebook chassis / Lenovo W530 Chassis
« Last post by Kaz on February 28, 2017, 04:32:04 AM »
Reason I'm this specific is that it is what I own - its well designed, with a 1080p screen and the keyboard and case would be good for any laptop-sized motherboard. Failing this, a T530 or T430 would also be great.
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