PowerPC Architecture Platform Reference (PAPR) Specification

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Jul 092006

A draft of the PowerPC Architecture Platform Reference (PAPR) specification has been made available to regular developers. The PAPR describes the interface between hardware/firmware and software on IBM PowerPC systems, so is a must-read for operating system and firmware developers. It’s been available only within IBM, then only to corporate Power.org members, and finally it’s available to everybody… with the catch that you must join Power.org at the Developer level (which is free).

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Jul 062006

nspluginwrapper is a wrapper to run Netscape plugins built for foreign architectures. It uses QEMU to run x86 binary plugins on PowerPC. “However, you may notice poor performance. … Typical performance is 1 to 2 seconds per [Flash] frame.”

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PPC32 Kernel Vulnerability

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Jun 212006

A vulnerability which allowed userspace programs to cause machine checks has just been fixed. The problem affected only 32-bit PowerPC kernels, and was fixed in Linux

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SUSE Linux 10.1 on an iPod

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Jun 212006

Linux.com has an article up describing how to install SUSE Linux 10.1 on an iPod (as has been possible with Yellow Dog Linux for some time). It sounds like a pretty bumpy ride.

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Power.org Podcasts

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Jun 192006

Power.org has posted two podcasts to their weblog. The first features a couple executives from IBM and Freescale uttering marketing over a music loop. The second, also featuring one IBM and one Freescale speaker, offers a few more details. Both feature an unnamed and overly interested host.

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Valgrind, Now With PPC64 Goodness

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Jun 152006

Valgrind 3.2.0 was recently released. In addition to the ppc32 support its had for a while, this is the first release that supports ppc64 code. Several distributions are known to work, POWER5 is supported, and code built with either gcc or IBM’s xlc compilers works as well.

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Veritas for PowerPC Linux

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Jun 072006

IBM announced that Symantec has agreed to port a bunch of high availability, volume and file system management software to Linux on POWER, including a few Veritas products. They’re expected to be available by the end of the year.

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Tundra Semiconductor Q4 Results

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Jun 072006

Tundra Semiconductor, who acquired the MPC10x line of PowerPC host bridges from Motorola, had a good quarter but a bad year. Also, their CFO resigned.

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IBM JS21 Blades Power Seismic Cluster

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Jun 052006

IBM has deployed a cluster of over 2800 JS21 blades at Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG) in France for seismic analysis. The recently-announced JS21 features a pair of dual-core PowerPC 970MP processors, and is fast. CGG has added Altivec support to their Geocluster software, which is interesting because they also claim to replace their computing infrastructure every two years.

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Open Server Workstation Availability

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Jun 012006

In a comment on the new Power.org weblog, Genesi announced that their upcoming PowerPC 970 “Open Server Workstation” will be available for US$1600, possibly even by the end of the month.

Also, Power.org now has a weblog.

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