CentOS updated to 8.1.1911

(Talospace - 17.01.2020, 01:23) CentOS has been updated to 8.1.1911, the distro for those of you who want Red Hat Enterprise Linux but don't want to pay for it. While not linked from the main AltArch Downloads page, ISOs that should be compatible with all OpenPOWER systems are available from the various mirrors. Alternatively, CentOS Stream (the Freshmaker!) is also available for ppc64le.

Bonuses for big-endian

(Talospace - 17.01.2020, 01:23) As I recover from the flu and from my apoplexy over a local plumber who has stood me up for four days in a row, there's at least some good news for those of you who like big ends and cannot lie. First, Void Linux for PowerPC reports that all available 64-bit big-endian (ppc64) and 32-bit PowerPC packages have been built, bringing them to near-parity with ppc64le. Of all total Void packages available, 32-bit ppc-musl has the lowest percentage of buildable packages, but even that is an impressively robust 88.28%. 32-bit ppc with glibc is at 88.79%, ppc64-musl at 90.15% and ppc64 at 90.49% (compare to 64-bit little-endian musl at 93.76% and glibc at 94.64%). As many 32-bit PowerPC users, particularly Power Mac owners, are looking for current supported browser options, Firefox isn't available on 32-bit (due to an xptcall

VanTosh – PowerEL7

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.01.2020, 19:59) PowerEL stands for Power Enterprise Linux, it originates from a requirement to have a fully free open source distribution for the IBM POWER 8 and higher platform. The distribution takes it’s inspiration and origin from various Open Source Enterprise Linux distributions such as Red Hat,...

Inspur Power Commercial Systems Co., Ltd. – FP5468G2

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.01.2020, 19:53) Superior system computing power · Support 8 V100 or 20 T4 GPUs to provide full-field superior heterogeneous computing power · Support 2 POWER9 Sforza processors with up to 44 cores and 176 threads, providing superior scheduling capability · Tuning for specific deep learning models, performance...

Vision TensorRT inference samples

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 13.01.2020, 15:52) As part of PowerAI Vision’s labeling, training, and inference workflow, you can export models that can be deployed on edge devices (such as FRCNN and SSD object detection models that support TensorRT conversions). To enable you to start performing inferencing on edge devices as quickly as possible, we created a repository of samples that illustrate […] The post Vision TensorRT inference samples appeared first on Power developer portal.

Another Amiga you don't want

(Talospace - 13.01.2020, 06:14) The Amigaphile community is possibly more rabid about its ecosystem than even us OpenPOWER dweebs, so right off I present my Amiga bona fides before getting stuck into it: in this house is a Amiga Technologies '060 A4000T running AmigaOS 3.9, an Amiga 3000 (with the tape drive, so I might even try Amix on it someday), and several A500s. My disenchantment with the current crop of PowerPC-based Amigas, however, is well-known. At their various asking prices you got embedded-class CPUs at mid-high desktop level prices with performance less than a generation-old Power Mac. (Many used and easily available m

Fedora Workstation Live ISOs up (and hopefully sticking)

(Talospace - 12.01.2020, 07:38) After a little glitch getting them off the ground, Fedora Workstation Live ISOs are now a thing for ppc64le, and are exactly what they say on the tin: a try-before-you-metaphorically-buy image to check things out before you install. A bootable disk image of Rawhide (what will currently become Fedora 32) is ready now for your entertainment and possible utility, and they should turn up as a standard download presumably when F32 goes live late April.

Firefox 72 on POWER

(Talospace - 09.01.2020, 06:18) Firefox 72 builds out of the box and uneventfully on OpenPOWER. The marquee feature this time around is picture-in-picture, which is now supported in Linux and works just fine for playing Trooper Clerks ("salsa shark! we're gonna need a bigger boat!"). The blocking of fingerprinting scripts should also be very helpful since it will reduce the amount of useless snitchy JavaScript that gets executed. The irony of that statement on a Blogger site is not lost on me, by the way. The bu

TenFourFox not vulnerable to CVE-2019-17026

(TenFourFox Development - 09.01.2020, 03:05) After doing some analysis late last night and today to determine if we need a chemspill build, I have concluded that TenFourFox is not vulnerable to CVE-2019-17026, or at least not to any of the PoCs or test cases available to me. This is the 0-day that was fixed in Firefox 72.0.1 and 68.4.1. Though a portion of the affected code exists in the TenFourFox code base, there doesn't seem to be a way to trigger the exploit due to various other missing optimizations and the oddities of our JIT. (Firefox 45-based browsers using our patches as upstream should bear in mind this may not be true for other architectures, however.) Absent evidence to the contrary it will be nevertheless patched as part of the standard security fixes in FPR19.

The new Overbite Android (works with Firefox Android too): Gopherspace on your mobile Android device

(TenFourFox Development - 08.01.2020, 06:13) Since this blog is syndicated to Planet Mozilla and I periodically post Mozilla- and Firefox-relevant posts, here is another: if you still dwell in Gopherspace and use OverbiteWX and OverbiteNX on desktop Firefox, Overbite Android has been updated to full Android Q compatibility so you can use it with Android Firefox as well. Instead of an add-on, just sideload the .apk, and whenever you tap a Gopher URL in Firefox it will automatically load in Overbite Android so you can seamlessly jump back and forth. (Or Chrome, I guess, but who uses that?) Naturally Overbite Android works just fine as a standalone application and responds to any gopher:// intent sent by any other activity, including Firefox. However, this latest version has been updated specially for Android Q support, includi

DOSBox JIT on ppc64le (and how you can write your own)

(Talospace - 08.01.2020, 01:58) Apparently the quickest way to make software moar faster is to turn it into a tiny compiler and lots of things are doing it. As I get time between iterations of TenFourFox and smoke-testing Firefox builds on ppc64le, slow work on the Firefox JIT continues, but that doesn't mean we can't be JITting all the other things in the meantime. One of my favourite games is LucasArts' Dark Forces, an FPS set in the Star Wars universe (but now apparently non-canon after the events of Rogue O

Void Linux ppc64le packages at 100%

(Talospace - 05.01.2020, 07:06) Happy New Year! The Power ISA port of Void Linux (currently supporting 32-bit PowerPC and 64-bit Power ISA in both big-endian and little-endian with musl or glibc) has hit an important milestone, at least for the musl and glibc flavours of ppc64le: 100% of the Void repo packages are either built or blacklisted. As of this writing, that means almost 95% of the Void repo runs on ppc64le-glibc and almost 94% on ppc64le-musl. This includes Firefox and Epiphany, but not Chromium. This is great news for folks who want another systemd-free alternative. The numbers quickly fall off for big-endian systems, though. Both ppc64 and regular 32-bit ppc are building about 54% of the repo for either libc flavour. Notably, Firefox is available for big-endian ppc64, but not for 32-bit PowerPC. However, Epiphany and Midori

TenFourFox FPR18 available (and the classic MacOS hits Y2K20)

(TenFourFox Development - 05.01.2020, 05:33) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 18 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). There are no other changes from the beta other than to update the usual certs and such. As usual, assuming no late-breaking critical bugs, it will become final Monday evening Pacific time. Meanwhile, happy new year: classic Mac systems prior to Mac OS 9 are now hit by the Y2K20 bug, where you cannot manually use the Date and Time Control Panel to set the clock to years beyond 2019 (see also Apple Technote TN1049). This does not affect any version of MacOS 9 nor Classic on OS X, and even affected versions of the classic MacOS can still maintain the correct date until Febru

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility Enables Breakthrough Science

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 02.01.2020, 14:17) By: Jack Wells, Director of Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory National Center for Computational Sciences The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility was established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory over 25 years ago. We set out on a mission to accelerate scientific discovery and engineering progress...

And now for something completely different: The dawning of the Age of Apple Aquarius

(TenFourFox Development - 30.12.2019, 08:59) An interesting document has turned up at the Internet Archive: the specification to the Scorpius CPU, the originally intended RISC successor to the 68K Macintosh. In 1986 the 68K processor line was still going strong but showing its age, and a contingent of Apple management (famously led by then-Mac division head Jean-Louis Gassée and engineer Sam Holland) successfully persuaded then-CEO John Sculley that Apple should be master of its own fate with its own CPU. RISC was just emerging at that time, with the original MIPS R2000 CPU appearing around 1985, and was clearly where the market was going (arguably it still is, since virtually all major desktop and mobile processors are load-store at the hardware level today, even Intel); thus was the Aquarius project born. Indeed, Sculley's faith in the initiative was so great that he allocated a staff of fifty and even authorized a $15 million Cray supercomputer, which was smoothed over with investors

TenFourFox FPR18b1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 24.12.2019, 07:35) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 18 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). As promised, the biggest change in this release is to TenFourFox's Reader mode. Reader mode uses Mozilla Readability to display a stripped-down version of the page with (hopefully) the salient content, just the salient content, and no crap or cruft. This has obvious advantages for old systems like ours because Reader mode pages are smaller and substantially simpler, don't run JavaScript, and help to wallpaper over various DOM and layout deficiencies our older patched-up Firefox 45 underpinnings are starting to show a bit more. In FPR18, Reader mode has two main changes: first, it is updated to the same release used in current versions o

The Mighty Macintosh IIfx

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 23.12.2019, 19:38) In the second half of last year, the Happy Macs lab had the good fortune to acquire a Macintosh IIfx at a reasonable price. Regular watchers of Macintosh offerings on eBay will know that on the rare occasion when a Macintosh IIfx is made available for sale, its price is typically anything but “reasonable”. So, […]

RIP, Chuck Peddle

(TenFourFox Development - 21.12.2019, 21:29) I never got the pleasure to have met him in person, but virtually any desktop computer owes a debt to him. Not only the computers using the the 6502 microprocessor he designed, but because the 6502 was so inexpensive (especially compared against the Intel and Motorola chips it competed with) that it made the possibility of a computer in everybody's home actually feasible. Here just in the very room I'm typing this, there is a Commodore 128D, several Commodore SX-64s (with the 8502 and 6510 respectively, variants of the 6502 with on-chip I/O ports), a Commodore KIM-1, a blue-label PET 2001, an Apple IIgs (technically with a 65816, the later WDC 16-bit variant), an Atari 2600 (6507, with a reduced address bus), an Atari Lynx (with the CMOS WDC WD65SC02), and an NEC TurboExpress (Hudson HuC6280, another modified WDC 65C02, with a primitive MMU). The 6502 appeared in fact in the Nintendo Famicom/NES (Ricoh 2A03 variant) and Super Nintendo (65816) and the vast majority of Co

Updates to Alpine Linux and SUSE

(Talospace - 21.12.2019, 20:49) Alpine Linux has been updated to 3.11.0. One of the musl-based releases, 3.11 updates to Linux 5.4.5, musl libc 1.1.24, gcc 9.2.0, LLVM 9.0.0 and Busybox 1.31.1. The release also features "initial GNOME and KDE support": remember, one of its selling points is its size, achieved partially by not shipping with any desktop environment, though I imagine quite a few use Xfce. The release also adds Vulkan support, and Rust on all supported architectures except s390x. Multiple install options are available for ppc64le. Also recently updated is SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 5. POWER9 has been supported on SUSE since 12 SP3

And now for something completely different: Way more FPS than Counterstrike on PowerPC DOSBox

(TenFourFox Development - 19.12.2019, 08:25) If you're unfamiliar with it, DOSBox is an x86 emulator specializing in running PC DOS games (and, presumably, any PC DOS application). For many DOS-based titles, in fact, it may be the only way to run them on modern PCs, let alone Macs. Besides emulating old hardware like video cards and SoundBlasters sufficiently for games to run, one of its key features on supported platforms is dynamically recompiling x86 machine language for enhanced performance. Unfortunately, DOSBox on Power Macs, while it is

Return to Snow Leopard

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 17.12.2019, 23:17) Occasionally, in the pages of this blog I post about things that are not of and by themselves directly about vintage Macintoshes, but which are related in some way to vintage Macintoshes. This is one such post, and concerns itself with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard has always been one of my favorite […]

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 12.0-2 released!

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 12.12.2019, 14:51) A new update release for the 12.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release includes a series of package updates: GCC provides: Fix for CVE-2019-15847: POWER9 “DARN” RNG intrinsic produces repeated output. Fortran 2003/F95[TR15580:1999]: Floating point exception (IEEE) support. ice for legal C code. obscure error message […] The post IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 12.0-2 released! appeared first on Power developer portal.

New AI demos allow you to test how GPGPU technologies interact across different platforms

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 12.12.2019, 10:00) This article was originally published by IBM on its Power Developer Portal. Oregon State University is a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation.   The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB) at Oregon State University works closely with hardware vendors to test different configurations. Many of...

How My Daughter Trained an Artificial Intelligence Model

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 11.12.2019, 15:12) *This article was originally published by David Spurway on LinkedIn.* David Spurway, IBM Power Systems CTO, UK & Ireland, IBM OpenPOWER Foundation and PowerAI make AI accessible to all   AI is the most buzz-worthy technology today, with applications ranging from creating TV news anchors to creating new perfumes....

DeepLabv3+ image segmentation model with TFLMSv2

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 10.12.2019, 10:26) Large model support (LMS) technology enables training of large deep neural networks that do not fit into GPU memory. In this blog, we showcase the advantages of using IBM’s WMLCE 1.6.1 TensorFlow Large Model Support (TFLMS) on DeepLabv3+ model and perform a competitive comparison to highlight IBM® POWER9™ processor’s NVLink 2.0 advantages while training such […] The post DeepLabv3+ image segmentation model with TFLMSv2 appeared first on Power developer portal.

DeepLabv3+ image segmentation model with PyTorch LMS

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 10.12.2019, 10:25) Large Model Support (LMS) technology enables training of large deep neural networks that would exhaust GPU memory while training. PyTorch is a relatively new and popular Python-based open source deep learning framework built by Facebook for faster prototyping and production deployment. With its more pythonic nature, and less steeper learning curve compared to other frameworks, […] The post DeepLabv3+ image segmentation model with PyTorch LMS appeared first on Power developer portal.

Enabling distributed AI for quality inspection in manufacturing with edge computing

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 09.12.2019, 12:05) Co-authors: Christine Ouyang and Igor Khapov While artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted quality inspection significantly improves inspection cycle time and inspection accuracy, management and support for hundreds of thousands of cameras, robotic arms, and robots can be a challenge. A discussion on the implementation and deployment of AI-assisted quality inspection in an actual manufacturing production environment would […] The post Enabling distributed AI for quality inspection in manufacturing with edge computing appeared first on Power developer portal.

POWER and the Cloud: Reflecting on 2019 and Looking to 2020

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 07.12.2019, 04:17) A Pivotal 2019 As the end of 2019 is quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2019 and the tremendous momentum heading into 2020 regarding IBM Power Systems in the hybrid multicloud world. I have the wonderful privilege to be able to spend a fair amount of time with our valued […] The post POWER and the Cloud: Reflecting on 2019 and Looking to 2020 appeared first on Power developer portal.

New AI demos allow you to test how GPGPU technologies interact across different platforms

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 06.12.2019, 05:09) The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB) at Oregon State University works closely with hardware vendors to test different configurations. Many of these configurations push the limits of processing hardware because they are used for cutting-edge research across a gamut of disciplines. Through the process of working with NVIDIA general-purpose computing on graphics processing […] The post New AI demos allow you to test how GPGPU technologies interact across different platforms appeared first on Power developer portal.

Case Study – E4 Computer Engineering SpA and the D.A.V.I.D.E. Supercomputer

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 03.12.2019, 11:26) Summary Within the European PRACE 3rd Implementation Process (PRACE 3IP), a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process was started to procure R&D services on “Whole System Design for Energy Efficient HPC.” The research and production project was aimed at designing, building and making available to the scientific...

TenFourFox FPR17 available

(TenFourFox Development - 02.12.2019, 03:58) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 17 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). Apologies for the delay, but I was visiting family and didn't return until a few hours ago so I could validate and perform the confidence testing on the builds. There are no other changes in this release other than a minor tweak to the ATSUI font blacklist and outstanding security patches. Assuming all is well, it will go live tomorrow evening Pacific time. The FPR18 cycle is the first of the 4-week Mozilla development cycles. It isn't feasible for me to run multiple branches, so we'll see how much time this actually gives me for new work. As previously mentioned, FPR18 will be primarily about parity updates to Reader mode, which helps to shore up the browser's layout deficiencies and is

Appentra – Parallelware Analyzer

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 29.11.2019, 11:00) Parallelware Analyzer is a suite of command-line tools aimed at helping software developers to build better quality parallel software in less time. Designed around the needs of developers, Parallelware Analyzer provides the appropriate tools for the key stages of the parallel development workflow, aiding developers...

Inspur Power Systems announce the FP5468G2

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 28.11.2019, 10:12) SC19 in Denver, Colorado saw OpenPOWER Foundation Platinum member Inspur Power Systems announcing the latest in their range of OpenPOWER Servers. The FP5468G2 is targeted at Deep Learning and AI Cloud applications and packs an impressive set of specifications into a 4U, 19″ Rack chassis;...

Enabling GPUs in OpenShift 3.11

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 19.11.2019, 20:02) In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed how to enable GPUs with Docker alone. In this post, we’ll walk you through enabling GPUs in Red Hat OpenShift. The notable difference is that OpenShift is Kubernetes-based and it includes additional features that ease GPU integration. One of these features is the device plugin, which can be used […] The post Enabling GPUs in OpenShift 3.11 appeared first on Power developer portal.

Cascading failures (or, why I did nothing this weekend)

(The Cat Fox Life - 23.09.2019, 02:48) This is a fun one. To set the scene and provide information in temporal order, my Talos and WD Black NVMe device have never “gotten along” well. Frequently, the device would fail to train for whatever reason. Calling reboot from a Petitboot shell with fast-reset enabled was enough to fix this, so I didn’t think … Continue reading Cascading failures (or, why I did nothing this weekend)

Bad News

(G5 Center - 18.09.2019, 02:02) Hi, loyal readers. When I started this website, I wanted it to gather some helpful links and wisdom from my own experiences with the Power Mac G5, and I think it has succeeded in that mission. My aim too was that the site would be simple and load quickly on our PowerPC machines, while still looking modern and good. Again, mission accomplished. Unfortunately, my server is depreciating the version of PHP that the simple blog interface I am using relies upon. It's probably not wise to try to fix it. Instead, I am going to look to move the site to something different which has its own quirks and possibilities. In the meanwhile, hold your breath. The site may go down and up. It may wheeze along. There is a chance that the move is not completed by October 1, and if so, this site may throw up errors. Be patient. I'll do what I can.

Libre software funding and market abuse

(The Cat Fox Life - 14.09.2019, 03:50) I’ve just read a troubling article from the developer of Aether. What troubles me is not so much the differences we have, which likely stems from being in vastly different segments of libre software (he’s doing social media, and I’m in low-level systems). What troubles me is that he claims that it is an economic … Continue reading Libre software funding and market abuse

Mozilla finally disavows Discord

(The Cat Fox Life - 12.09.2019, 09:26) mhoye’s new blog post on the future of Mozilla community chat came out last week. He notes about Discord that “their active hostility towards interoperability and alternative clients has disqualified them as a community platform.” I am very thankful that the Mozilla brass have realised this, as I pointed out in an earlier installment. Kudos … Continue reading Mozilla finally disavows Discord

Debian: No longer a “Universal” operating system

(The Cat Fox Life - 21.08.2019, 19:49) The Debian project has removed support for the MIPS architecture. This is the latest CPU architecture to be removed from Debian, betraying their tagline of being “The Universal Operating System”. I take issue not only with their removal of the MIPS architecture, but of their reasoning for doing it. The removal was […] because the … Continue reading Debian: No longer a “Universal” operating system

Operating on Power: Mac OS X - Appendix

(viva PowerPC blog - 02.07.2019, 13:49) There are two software projects, that make Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 more usable even in 2019, that I forgot in the main post about the OS:The first is Leopard-WebKit which brings newer browser engine to your good old Safari. The last official version of Safari for Leopard is from 2011, last version of Leopard-WebKit is from June 2018 and quite a lot happened in the world of WWW, HTTP and HTML in that time period. It makes Safari almost as usable as TenFourFox. I'm personally a Firefox/TenFourFox/Gecko user, so I didn't think of it, but Cameron pointed it out in comments and was right.The second is Sevan Janiyan's pkgsrc collection for Tiger (and Leopard). These will enable you to install about a ton of prebuilt open-source software packages, like compilers, scripting languages, terminal utilities etc. in more c

Airport Extremes Are Still Useful

(G5 Center - 02.07.2019, 01:19) Buried at the bottom of one of my bits and parts bins, I have a 5th generation AirPort Extreme. I used it for a few years as my main router, but as technology changes and devices have more processing power, the Extreme couldn't keep up. It's still usable, for sure, but newer routers, for far less money, do a better job of sustaining throughput and casting a powerful wifi signal. I was reluctant to retire it because it just works, but it was time to let go. Until this week... I have used a Mac Mini G4 as a quasi-network share, but the G4 has only a 10/100 ethernet port. That gets saturated quickly, and the G4's processor probably doesn't help either. So, while it was set up and available, I didn't use it much. On the other hand, the AirPort Extreme makes a very simple Mac friendly file server with a USB hard drive plugged in. Yes, there are much speedier o

CRUX PPC Linux Mirror

(viva PowerPC blog - 27.06.2019, 20:18) This is just a quick notice: In the top menu of this blog and the whole site vivapowerpc.eu you can find a new section called SOFTWARE with a mirror of now defunct CRUX PPC Linux distribution. The last version is six years old, so there are more fresh options for most PowerPC users, but from my experience this was probably the only Linux distro ever working on IBM IntelliStation POWER 185, which is neither PowerMac-compatible nor equipped with POWER CPU. Absolute majority of Linux systems were targeted to these two platforms and almost all of them failed to boot on the one-eight-five. CRUX PPC did and there was even patch for the X11 to have colors right (without that blue and green were swapped on the default graphics).There may be further additions to the SOFTWARE section, if I find any worth occupying my precious server storage. Also, if you prefer the good old Gopher protocol over HTTP/WWW, you can browse the

Operating on Power: Mac OS X

(viva PowerPC blog - 25.06.2019, 16:53) It of course makes a little sense to review Mac OS X, because on most of modern PowerPC-based computers (PPC G3 and newer) this was the default OS they came with and I presume that almost everyone reading this blog knows it. But it's therefore ideal to introduce the format, that all following posts in the series will try to keep.Introduction Mac OS X is unix-like (sadly never certified as Unix on PowerPC) operating system, that emerged around the start of current milleniuom from OpenStep and NeXTSTEP - systems created by NeXT Inc., the company Steve Jobs had, while he wasn't in Apple from mid 80's to mid 90's. It's based on XNU kernel, which itself is based on Mach microkernel and 4.3BSD components. On top of the kernel there are several layers, culminating in the famous proprietary Aqua graphic user interface.

Thoughts&questions on Cameron's Blackbird semi-review

(viva PowerPC blog - 09.06.2019, 21:43) Just yesterday (at least from my timezone point of view) Cameron published A semi-review of the Raptor Blackbird: POWER9 on the cheap(er). Go and read it, before you continue reading following text. Go. Do it.I read it twice and wasn't happy from what I found there. At first I wanted to write my response on PNUT, then I thought I'd send him an e-mail, but then I said: hey, there may be another people like me, so why not doing it in public? So...I used PowerPC-based computers as my primary between 2004 and 2018. Couple of years before that I had a Mac on my desk as a secondary machine as I do now, in the last two years. I'm more Linux/Unix kind of guy than a Mac one, so even though I like Mac OS 9, it was much more convenient for me to use Linux on a generic PC box as a primary before Mac OS X matured enough to replace it for my daily usage. That happened somewhere be

Still operating on Power

(viva PowerPC blog - 05.06.2019, 21:54) The Blackbird POWER9 board was released and even though I'm already saving my side money for the thing, right now I'm contemplating, if I really need it enough to spend the money. It is by all means not expensive - you won't build a x86 computer with server-grade CPU for the money, not with the ECC DDR4, not with the thread-per-core ratio, not with the nice µITX format. But still - I feel like I'm having too much of computing power already and I have no urge to acquire more. If Blackbird existed in December 2017, when I decommissioned my G5, I'd buy it in the  minute. But then I bought a cheap HP laptop with docking station and even that is more than enough for me. And the whole setup did cost about as much as I'd have to spend just on memory modules for BB. But that's not the good old PowerPC spirit at all. There were times when I spent money on hardware I knew, I will probably never even power on. I just wanted to have it

Keeping libre software accessible to all

(The Cat Fox Life - 29.04.2019, 04:03) Recently, a number of high-profile libre software projects have been either considering, or adopting, proprietary chat systems to be their primary method of communication with their communities. This should cause alarm to everyone who is interested in the libre software movement. Projects using Discord as an official method of communication include distributions like Fedora, Gentoo, … Continue reading Keeping libre software accessible to all

Thoughts on Konsole 19.04

(The Cat Fox Life - 21.04.2019, 02:29) I write way too many articles that focus on the negatives of my work and of open source projects. To change things up, I’m going to review Konsole’s newest release, 19.04.0. The first thing I noticed when I opened Konsole 19.04 is that the weird bug with line heights is gone. I can use Liberation … Continue reading Thoughts on Konsole 19.04

Annotated transcription of the lecture “Origins of the Apple human interface”

(System Folder - 14.04.2019, 02:58) Recently, the Computer History Museum has uploaded on its YouTube channel a lecture called Origins of the Apple human interface, delivered by Larry Tesler and Chris Espinosa. The lecture was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on October 28, 1997. Being extremely interested in the subject myself, and seeing how apparently … Continue reading Annotated transcription of the lecture “Origins of the Apple human interface” →