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Debian for PlayStation 3

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Jan 102007

There is an experimental installer image to install Debian on a PlayStation 3. Looks like a few rough edges still, but if your PlayStation isn’t into Gentoo or Fedora then it can now be happy.

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PowerPC at ISSCC 2007

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Jan 102007

Looks like IBM will be presenting some information on POWER6 at the 2007 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), hopefully including some information they haven’t made public so far. Also, PA Semi will be presenting information about the 1682M, their 2GHz dual-core PowerPC consuming only 25W, which will be exciting to see.

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Gentoo CDs for PlayStation 3

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Jan 032007

Gentoo now has a beta install CD and live CD for the PlayStation 3. To minimize compile time on the 256MB platform, they’re looking into hosting pre-built binaries for large packages like KDE and Open Office.

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IBM POWER6 Blade Planned

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Dec 072006

IBM’s current PowerPC blades, JS20 and JS21, are built with 970 processors. We can now expect to see blades built around POWER6, apparently close to the launch of POWER6 servers in mid-2007. No mention was made of the heat and power challenges for such platforms, or the price tag.

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KillerNIC Contest

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Dec 012006

KillerNIC is a company who recently released their first product, a “gaming” PCI ethernet card. This card does some network offloading to reduce load on the host processor, improving frame rates. The card actually contains a PowerPC 400MHz 8343e with 64MB RAM, and KillerNIC is encouraging developers to write applications for the card by starting an open source development contest. A web server is worth US$5000, a peer-to-peer file sharing application US$2500, and there are other prizes as well.

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Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 Ships

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Nov 272006

Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 for Playstation 3 has shipped. According to the schedule, it’s available now for paying customers, and will be freely available in a month. Also by the end of the year they expect to support Apple PowerMacs.

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Vine Linux 4.0 Released

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Nov 242006

Version 4.0 of Vine Linux, a Japanese distribution that’s been around for years, has just been released. It’s hard to say what the new features are (see desktoplinux.com for some information), but it apparently still supports Old World Macintosh as well as New World, with a graphical yaboot installer and everything.

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PlayStation 3: No Linux Preinstall

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Nov 122006

An interview with Terra Soft Solution’s CEO Kai Staats reveals that the PlayStation 3, scheduled to ship in the US on 17 Nov, will not come with Linux preinstalled. However, Staats claims it will be trivial to install Linux.

Related, Genesi, who is sponsoring a Gentoo port to the platform, has posted patches, documentation, and a bootloader for Linux on the PS3.

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Genesi's Efika 5200B For Sale

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Nov 112006

The Efika is Genesi’s evaluation board for the Freescale 5200B. It features a 400MHz processor, basic IO, and a PCI or AGP slot in a small form factor. It’s also now for sale through the online store for US$199 each, and will ship in 2 or 3 weeks.

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End of Life for Pegasos and Open Desktop Workstation

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Nov 112006

Genesi sold off the remaining Pegasos G4 motherboard inventory at $399 each, and neither it nor the Open Desktop Workstation (which was built around the Pegasos) are available any longer in the online store. However, Genesi does have plans for an 8641D-based Pegasos…

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