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 970MP TetraPower Motherboard

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Nov 112006

The motherboard for the Open Server Workstation, named TetraPower, has gone on sale for US$15000 (yes, that’s three zeroes). It features two dual-core 970MP processors (with IBM CPC945 northbridge), and uses Broadcom’s HT-2000 and HT-1000 for IO.

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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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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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Genesi Announces 8641D Platform

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Nov 012006

Genesi has indicated they will be building a platform for Freescale’s 8641D. The 8641D is essentially a dual-core 7448 with on-chip IO, such as PCI-Express, RapidIO, and a DDR2 controller. No specifics about the platform were provided except that “the board will have as much flexibility as the Pegasos.”

Update: it seems there will be two platforms here. The first is a reference design, which you can order now for US$4000 and will ship in 6 to 8 weeks. The second will be a Pegasos based on the reference design.

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PowerPC Roadmap

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Oct 302006

Power.org has posted a consolidated PowerPC roadmap. P.A. Semi is absent from the chart, and perhaps not coincidentally is not listed on the member roster either. More importantly, this “roadmap” is perhaps unique in that it focuses more on the past than on the future.

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Open Server Workstation Preorders

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Oct 302006

Apparently named “Open Server Workstation” once again (no longer “game platform“?), Genesi announced that they will be accepting preorders for their PowerPC 970MP system this week. One assumes that details about availability will be provided soon.

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Yellow Dog Linux on the PlayStation 3

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Oct 252006

Terra Soft Solutions has announced that Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 will support the PlayStation 3 (PS3). Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCEI) sent them pre-release hardware for development and testing. Much is made of the Enlightenment E17 desktop environment, since they argue that Gnome and KDE desktop environments wouldn’t fit into the PS3’s 256MB of RAM.

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Terra Soft Builds Cell Cluster

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Oct 252006

Terra Soft Solutions was contracted by Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) to develop and manage a Cell cluster. They built a new lab at their headquarters in Colorado, and will host two clusters there. The first will be for software development, while the second (and larger) will be made available to universities and Department of Energy life science research. According to SCEI, the clusters will prove that the Cell processor is not just for games. The clusters are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2006.

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IBM Previews the POWER6

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Oct 242006

POWER6 in a nutshell: 5GHz, high memory bandwidth, scalability, AltiVec, binary-coded decimal, error recovery. The chip is due to be generally available in mid-2007, so more information will probably be presented at ISSCC in Feb 2007.

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