Understanding 64-bit PowerPC architecture

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Oct 272004

developerWorks recently posted a lengthy and informative article explaining some of the history, design, and challenges of 64-bit PowerPC. Now that even iMacs are equipped with ppc64 processors, this information is becoming important to even more users and developers…

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Ubuntu for PowerPC

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Oct 272004

Ubuntu, the bleeding-edge Debian-based distribution that recently sprang onto the scene with version 4.10, has a New World Macintosh version along with their x86 release.

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Details on the Kuro Box

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Oct 212004

We recently had the opportunity to talk to one of the people behind the Kuro Box’s development. If you’re wondering where this hacker-friendly PowerPC Linux box came from, and why it’s so inexpensive, read on.

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Oracle Plans

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Oct 182004

Oracle has announced their plans to continue support for PowerPC Linux on IBM servers. While only unsupported “Developer’s Releases” are available now, they intend to release a “Client” and later an “Enterprise Edition” of Oracle Database 10g in the future.

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Pegasos Updates

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Oct 112004

The Avalanche Debian/Pegasos corporate desktop pilot is going forward; Yellow Dog is the official Board Support Package (BSP) from Freescale for Pegasos, and somehow it escaped our notice that Pegasos is an official development board for Freescale.

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Kuro Box

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Oct 102004

Last week, Buffalo Technology announced a new product line called “Revolution”, aimed at hackers and techies. The first product is the Kuro Box, a $160 200MHz 82xx-based system with onboard ethernet, USB, IDE, and a stylish case. This is the cheapest hacker-friendly PowerPC system out there… get ’em while they last.

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Yellow Dog Linux v4.0

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Sep 292004

YDL4 has gone Gold Master, supporting Macintosh and PegasosII systems. It should ship on CD in two weeks, or is available for immediate download with a YDL.net account.

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CRUX PPC 2.0 Released

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Sep 282004

Version 2.0 of CRUX PPC has been released, and works on Macintosh and PegasosII systems.

The CRUX PPC team will also be at the Freescale Smart Networks Developer Forum 2004 in Frankfurt, where they will present the CRUX 2.0 PowerPC port.

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IBM developerWorks Power Zone

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Sep 282004

IBM developerWorks has started a “Power Architecture Zone” which collects all sorts of information related to PowerPC, from hardware design to software.

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New penguinppc.org

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Sep 232004

It took a lot longer than we expected, but we’re happy to finally unveil the new website. Some better page layout and organization, actual news archives and searching, consolidated 64-bit pages, some helpful information that may have been common knowledge but wasn’t written down anywhere, and there are still a few more improvements on the to-do list. If you have any trouble finding things please let us know.

However, we liked the old color scheme. 😉

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