PowerAI Distributed Deep Learning with Tensorflow in NIMBIX

(powerlinux - blog - 16.08.2017, 19:53) IBM recently announced a technical preview of Distributed Deep Learning (DDL) for TensorFlow and Caffe in the IBM PowerAI 4.0.0 distribution . IBM Research has demonstrated close to ideal scaling with DDL software achieving record communication...

Time to sink the Admiral (or, why using the DMCA to block adblockers is a bad move)

(TenFourFox Development - 12.08.2017, 03:38) One of the testing steps I have to do, but don't enjoy, is running TenFourFox "naked" (without my typical adblock add-ons) to get an assessment of how it functions drinking from the toxic firehose that is the typical modern ad network. (TL;DR: Power Macs run modern Web ads pretty poorly. But, as long as it doesn't crash.) Now to be sure, as far as I'm concerned sites gets to monetize their pages however they choose. Heck, there's ads on this blog, provided through Google AdSense, so that I can continue to not run a tip jar. The implicit social contract is that they can stick it behind a paywall or run ads beside them and it's up to me/you to decide whether we're going to put up with that and read the content. If we read it, we should pony up in either eyeballs or dinero. This, of course, assumes that the ads we get served are reasonable and in a reasonable quantity. However, it's pretty hard to make money simply off per-click ads and networks with low CPM, so many sites run a quantity widely referred to as a

PowerAI Revolutionizes Deep Learning (Again!) with Release 4

(powerlinux - blog - 10.08.2017, 15:56) I’m excited to share with you that IBM has just released PowerAI release 4 which includes a technology preview of the record breaking Distributed Deep Learning technology we announced earlier this week. Drawing on IBM’s deep expertise in AI,...

And now for several things that are completely different: Vintage Computer Festival aftermath, I pass a POWER9 kidneystone, and isindex isdead which issad

(TenFourFox Development - 09.08.2017, 07:54) So, you slugs who didn't drag yourselves to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for this year's Vintage Computer Festival West, here's what you didn't see (and here's what you didn't see last year). You didn't see me cram two dorm refrigerator-sized Apple servers and a CRT monitor into my Honda Civic, you didn't see my Apple Network Server exhibit, complete with a Shiner HE prototype and twin PowerBook 2300 Duos and an Outbound notebook serving as clients, you didn't see a functioning Xerox Alto, you didn't see SDF's original AT&T 3B2, you didn't see Bil Herd, Leonard Tramiel and other old Commodore luminaries talking about then and now, you didn't see a replica "CADET" IBM 1620, "just as it was" in 1959 (the infamous system that used lookup tables for addition rather than a proper adder, hence the acronym's alternative expansion as "Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try"), you didn't see a JLPGA PowerBook 170 signed by John Sculley, you didn't see a prototype dual G4 PowerBook, you didn't see a prototype

TenFourFox FPR2 available

(TenFourFox Development - 06.08.2017, 07:51) As I type in what is not quite the worst hotel room in Mountain View while Rockford Files reruns play in the background, TenFourFox FPR2 final is available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). The original plan was not to have a Debug build with this release, but we're still trying to smoke out issue 72, so there is a Debug build as well. Again, it is not intended for general use unless you know what you're doing and why. The only differences from this and the beta, besides the usual certificate, HPKP and HSTS updates, are some additional debug sections in the widget code for issue 72 and the remaining security and stability update backports. One of these updates fixes a bug in HTTP/2 transactions which helps reduce latency and dropped connections on some sites, notably many Google properties and some CDNs, and affects pretty much any version of Firefox since HTTP/2 support was added. As always, the plan is to go live on Monday PM Pacific. Day 2 of the Vintage Computer Festival West is tomorrow! Be

And now for something completely different: when good Mac apps go bought

(TenFourFox Development - 04.08.2017, 09:41) The Unarchiver, one of the more handy tools for, uh, unarchiving, um, archives, is now a commercial app. 3.11.1 can run on 10.4 PowerPC, but the "legacy" download they offer has a defective resource fork, and the source code is no longer available. The same author also wrote an image display tool called Xee. 2.2 would run on 10.4 PowerPC. After Unarchiver's purchase, it seems Xee was part of the same deal and now only Xee 3 is available. Fortunately my inveterate digital hoarding habit came in handy, because I managed to get both a working archive of The Unarchiver 3.11.1 and Xee 2.2 and the source code, so I can try to maintain them for our older platforms. (Xee I have compiling and running happily; Unarchiver will need a little work, but it's doable.) But that's kind of the trick, isn't it? If I hadn't thought to grab these and their source code a number of months ago as part of my standard operating procedure, they'd be gone, probably forever. I'm sure MacPaw (the new owners) are good people but I don't fo

Recovering from No Startup Chime, Power Mac G5 – The Saga Continues

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 31.07.2017, 00:42) Some time back (February 2015), I posted a piece on recovering from no startup chime on a Power Mac G5. Researching on Google, it was clear that this was a fairly common problem, and I was pleased to be able to share a solution for it. I recently had this problem occur again, once more […]

New PowerPC Hardware in Sight

(PPC Luddite - 29.07.2017, 14:11) We have not one but two items of news on the PowerPC hardware front. Yes, you read that right. It's not just software developers still working in PowerPC. There's also some hardware development happening.First there is the PowerPC Notebook project I blogged about back here. They've kicked off a fundraising campaign to hire Acube Systems to design a PowerPC motherboard with the following rough specs (quoted from their project blog):CPU: NXP T208x, e6500 64-bit Power Architecture with Altivec technology4 x e6500 dual-threaded cores, low-latency backside 2MB L2 cache, 16GFLOPS x coreRAM: 2 x RAM slots for DDR3L SO-DIMMVIDEO: MXM Radeon HD Video Card ( removable)AUDIO: sound chip, audio in and audio out jacksUSB: 3.0 and 2.0 portsSTORAGE:NVM Express (NVMe), M.2 2280 connector2 x SATA1 x SDHC card readerNETWORK:1 x ethernet RJ-45 connectorWiFi connectivityBluetooth connectivityPOWER: on-board battery charger and power-managementCHASSIS: standard notebook case 15,6”As of this writing they've raised about 4,50

TenFourFox FPR2b1 available (plus: come to VCF!)

(TenFourFox Development - 27.07.2017, 07:00) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 2 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). Besides various and sundry additional optimizations once again shamelessly backported from the Quantum project, this release includes the accelerated AltiVec string matching routine which I will be also hooking up to other parts of the browser in future releases, and reworks the font blacklist so that Apple sites work again (and more efficiently). Release is planned for August 8. With this beta you will notice I've made a new build available - a true "Debug" build. Since currently we really only have comprehensive test coverage for JavaScript, this gives people a chance to help debug other browser issues without having to build the entire application themselves. I intend to only issue these for beta releases since the idea is to have as few changes as possible between the beta and the release version. Please take heed of this warning: the Debug version is not for mere mortals. Because it has a full symbol table, it

Do you work for Facebook? Do you like old Power Macs? Help a brother out.

(TenFourFox Development - 24.07.2017, 07:04) Are you a front-end engineer for Facebook? Are you sympathetic to us struggling masses trying to keep our Power Macs out of the landfill? Do you, too, secretly agree that the iMac G4 looks far better than any of the crap Tim Cook and friends churn out now? If so, give your TenFourFox users a little hand. Yes, I will preface this by saying I do not use, nor (candidly) particularly like, Facebook, but lots of TenFourFox users do and I've reached the limit of my debugging ability against the minified front end of Facebook. We have an issue with our custom keyboard handling code with users pressing Delete repeatedly: it not only doesn't delete anything but the first character, but actually inserts repeated 0x08 bytes (i.e., the ASCII value for Delete). Everything else seems to work. Obviously this is our bug, because regular Firefox (including Firefox ESR 45, on which we are ultimately based) doesn't do this, but I can't determine what DOM fields our keydown events aren't correctly providing to Facebook's keydown

Talos take II

(TenFourFox Development - 19.07.2017, 07:39) First, ob-TenFourFox stuff. As the wonderful Dutch progressive rock band Focus plays "Sylvia" in the CD player, I'm typing this in a partially patched up build of FPR2, which has a number of further optimizations including an AltiVec-accelerated memchr() implementation (this improves JavaScript regex matching by about 15 percent, but also beefs up some other parts of the browser which call the same library function) and some additional performance backports ripped off from Mozilla's Quantum project. This version also has a re-tuned G5 build with some tweaked compiler settings to better match the 970 cache line size, picking up some small but measurable improvements on Acid3 and other tests. Even the G3 gets some love: while it obviously can't use the AltiVec memchr(), it now uses a better unrolled character matcher instead and picks up a few percentage points that way. I hope to finish the security patch work by this weekend, though I am still annoyed to note I cannot figure out what's up with issue 72. Many

Box is friendlier than Dropbox for older Macs

(System Folder - 18.07.2017, 02:35) Ever since Dropbox dropped support for PowerPC Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, I’ve been trying to find a viable alternative to sync selected files and folders between my main Intel Mac, my iOS devices, and my various PowerPC machines. It was so great when Dropbox worked because I generally use my main […]

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 10.0-5 released!

(powerlinux - blog - 13.07.2017, 16:19) A new update release for the 10.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release contains a series of updates, including: GCC provides: Fixes for ICE with vec_xxpermdi and unrecognizable insn with __builtin_crypto_vsha...

OverbiteFF will cease functioning with Firefox 56 (we need WebExtension sockets)

(TenFourFox Development - 01.07.2017, 09:07) For those unfamiliar, TenFourFox and Classilla aren't my only Mozilla-related projects; the other one I've maintained for some time is OverbiteFF, which adds Gopher support back to Firefox as a first-class citizen. It does so by implementing nsIChannel and nsIProtocolHandler objects which speak Gopher and allows everything to "just work" like any other URL. Because of how the protocol works, the add-on also enables whois and finger protocol support with a little bit of URL gyration, and to this day there is a small but dedicated userbase. As of Firefox 56, it is my understanding that non-multiprocess-compatible extensions will no longer be supported, which is currently in nightly. Even if I were able to make OverbiteFF MP compatible, however (there were some technical hurdles to be overcome when I tried), it is highly dependent on XPCOM and Firefox 57 will be the end of that. As a result, OverbiteFF in its current form will cease functioning with Firefox 56. It will, of course, continue to work with TenFourFo

Using TurboGopher to Access HappyMacs Archive

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 08.06.2017, 19:02) I mentioned in my last post that perhaps the most “classic” way to access the HappyMacs software archive was to do so from a classic Mac, via the TurboGopher application. I have TurboGopher, which is a FAT binary, running on both my 68K Macs and my PPC Macs, and so it should work for any […]

HappyMacs Software Archive is Open!

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 07.06.2017, 23:05) Over a year ago, I posted about my plans to make my collection of vintage Mac software available online via a Gopher site. I am pleased to announce that this has finally happened. The HappyMacs Software Archive is now open and ready for your use. As planned, and in keeping with the “vintage” nature of […]

nvidia-docker on POWER Update

(powerlinux - blog - 31.05.2017, 18:26) Some changes and issues have arisen since our first post about running GPUs in containers on POWER . The most exciting news is that the CUDA images have been pushed to Docker Hub, so you no longer have to...

Alpine Linux Officially on POWER and z

(powerlinux - blog - 31.05.2017, 18:02) We are pleased to share that Alpine is officially available for POWER and z. Many people were instrumental in making this possible: @leitao​, @4M9K_Roberto_Guimaraes​, and Tuan Hoang, to name a few -- not to mention the amazing folks at Alpine....

IPv4 is Apparently Ludditeville - And Also Faster

(PPC Luddite - 27.05.2017, 11:14) I got an email from Adam Albrec, creator extraordinaire of PPC Media Center, with a fix to a performance lag he noticed when moving to a new house. PPCMC wasn't nearly as fast in the new digs and after conversing with the youtube-dl developers, they suggested he disable IPv6 in the app. He reports it helped "IMMENSELY." He promised a new version of PPCMC which will do this automatically, but you can disable IPv6 system-wide right now in Tiger by going into Network Preferences, and under the TCP/IP tab, click the "Configure IPv6..." button and switch from "Automatically" to "Off".In Leopard it appears you have to click on the Advanced button first to get to the TCP/IP tab, as illustrated on this University of North Carolina help page.I also noticed on G5 Center's Internet page this tidbit:Pro-Tip: Tobias, key developer of Leopard-Webkit, recommends disabling IPv6 in the Network system preferences for your internet connection/port on your Mac if you experience hangs when loading webpages. I can confirm that

Failing Floppies – An Update

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.05.2017, 22:31) Something of a breakthrough occurred yesterday in my quest to understand what was causing pretty much all of my vintage Macs to behave erratically with respect to mounting, reading and writing floppies. In my last post on this topic, I had more or less concluded that the age of the media itself was the likely […]

Added to the collection: Mac mini G4

(System Folder - 24.05.2017, 18:33) Christian is a reader of this blog who first contacted me when I complained that the internal hard drive of my Power Mac G4 was failing, and very generously sent me two 80 GB hard drives so that I could upgrade my system. (Unfortunately now the Power Mac G4 is not working at all, very […]

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 10.0-4 released!

(powerlinux - blog - 23.05.2017, 14:58) A new update release for the 10.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release contains a series of updates, including: GCC provides: Fix for incorrect code generation for __divkf3 . Fix for builtin expansion of...

The Mystery of the Failing Floppies

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 17.05.2017, 20:14) Some months ago, I acquired a Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One, the so-called Molar Mac, and posted about it here at the Happy Macs blog. As I indicated then that I would, I have spent some time upgrading it, principally adding a much larger hard drive and installing an Iomega ZIP-100 drive into the option slot […]

Speedtest Your Internet Connection

(G5 Center - 15.05.2017, 17:02) On the positive side of things, despite the ongoing reopening of the Net Neutrality battle, my internet just got upgraded to near gigabit speeds. Of course, it's probably temporary, since I'm not sure why I need that much raw throughput and most of my devices use wifi anyway. Still, it has led to me do some testing to see what speeds I am getting. For example, on my 5ghz connection on my iPhone 7, Speedtest shows 76.35 Mbps down and 111.09 Mbps up. Not bad. This probably echoes what my AppleTV, iPad, and other devices get. For my Dell connected via gigabit ethernet to the router, I cleared 600 Mbps up and 900 Mbps down. Very, very nice. For my Mac Mini G4, also connected directly to the router but via a 10/100 Ethernet port, I only managed a measly (relatively) 80 Mbps up and 90 Mbps down. Is this also bottle-necked some by the CPU or older hardware in general? Perhaps. For my Power Mac G5 which is connected via ethernet through an inexpensive TP-Link 500Mbps powerline adapter, I unfortunately had the wor

The Duo 280c is alive after all

(System Folder - 14.05.2017, 14:43) I’ve always loved the idea behind the PowerBook Duo system, so much I think it could still be handy today without feeling obsolete. (Today we have notebook computers that can transform into tablets, no? So the concept still stands). I was really happy back in 2000 when I acquired a full Duo system consisting of […]

Starcraft Is Still Awesome

(G5 Center - 27.04.2017, 04:23) In anticipation of an updated or remastered Starcraft, Blizzard made the big news of releasing the classic version for free. Here's the bad news: It works on newer Macs but not on older machines like my G5. I still have both an original Starcraft disc, Brood Wars expansion disc, and original key, so using the carbon installer, I was able to get Starcraft back on my Mac and in action. And you know what? The game still rocks. Some games do not age well, but Starcraft still feels spry, fun, and gripping. The story line is fine, but it's the way the missions are put together and the difficulty grows bit by bit. Multiplayer is a blast, although I doubt I'll try to find a game. The graphics actually still look good and have a ton of charm, even while the cut scenes look pretty awful by today's standards. I've been asked to toss up more games on the site, so look for me to do that in the coming weeks, including Diablo II which is another classic that still works great on our Macs. -- Nathan


(G5 Center - 24.04.2017, 23:29) One of the great Youtube links for Power Mac machines lately comes via ItsMyNaturalColor, a guy with a ton of enthusiasm and love for old Macs. He has a series about putting together the fastest Blue & White G3 tower ever, including an upgraded CPU, SSD drives, RAID drives, ATI 9200 Radeon Card, and Bluetooth. It's a monster machine, and even if you think it is a waste of time, his enthusiasm will get you in the end. While that is Video 5 of the series, start from the beginning if you want. It's a fun waste of an afternoon. As a followup, I enjoyed this video as he unboxes a G5 quad and then absolutely gets devastated when he sees what a mess it is in. Enjoy! -- Nathan

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 8.0-8 released!

(powerlinux - blog - 24.04.2017, 20:36) A new update release for the 8.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release include a series of fixes, including: GCC provides a fix for vec_cts/vec_ctf intrinsics produce wrong results for 64-bit floating...

PowerAI 3.4 simplifies AI deployment and expands developer resources

(powerlinux - blog - 04.04.2017, 19:24) We are excited to announce availability of PowerAI 3.4. The focus in this release was to provide upgraded applications to stay current with the evolving Deep Learning frameworks; and to increase ease of use, simplify installation and help...

Here's a fun link.

(G5 Center - 22.03.2017, 04:41) Here's a quick brief update. I stumbled across a mirror of some G5 resources from an old version of Apple's Developer Connection. Great links here with developer information about Power Mac G5s and optimization resources. If you find something cool, share it in the comments. Now, go read. http://mirror.informatimago.com/next/developer.apple.com/hardware/g5/index.html -- Nathan

App Stores Come to the G5

(G5 Center - 12.02.2017, 02:21) The world has felt a little more apocalyptic as of late, so maybe it makes sense that all of a sudden we have a couple of "App Stores" for our PowerPC Macs running Leopard or Tiger. Is this something we need? Maybe. Maybe not. You get to decide. PPCAppStore - https://ppcappstore.wordpress.com/ The coder of this simple but effective app posted here on the site, so I am happy to share a link. The app is apparently built in RealBasic (like my own SimpleMarkPPC) and handily categorizes and links to a variety of useful software. The app is not going to be the most stylish one in the world, but it is effective and well-organized. I did notice a link or two pointing to Macintosh Garden, which might be something to frown up if you are a deeply ethical-minded person. Granted, this is the state of software for us PowerPC folks, so I'm not too concerned. But something to note. Keep an eye on his website for updates or to post suggestions. PPCStore - http://www.leopardrebirth.net/ Folded in as a part of LeopardRe

All things must come to an end

(viva PowerPC blog - 30.01.2017, 13:38) And so does my more-than-year-long PowerPC hiatus. Last week I sold the HP 7300 desktop (Core-i5 based), I bought back in September 2015 to be my main desktop in the new flat (to which we moved after the birth of our son) and put the PowerMac G5 where it's supposed to be - on my desk. Last thing I did on my G5 (February 2016), was replacing faulty Radeon 9800 Pro, which died after six years of duty, being reflashed from PC version and overclocked in January 2010. My current graphics is a Radeon 9650, which is probably not as fast in 3D as the previous one, but has passive cooling only and is in fact a Mac edition, so there is no need for additional powering as before. The G5 still works like a charm, now I have a lot work to do. I haven't processed my digital photos since December 2015, as I never found it to be exactly a pleasure on the PC. That will take me more than a couple of days. Aside from this, there is some stuff that needs to be done: I want to upgrade RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB. Not that 4 GB is not

Pimp My Quicksilver: Graphics Card Teaser

(Power of PowerPC - 28.01.2017, 02:17) Look at those 2 large gorgeous 1920x1080 27" HP Monitors hooked up to my nVidia GeForce 7800GS card on my G4 Quicksilver still running Debian Jessie. Posts on graphics card upgrade and migration to SSDs coming soon...

Happy New Year!

(G5 Center - 23.01.2017, 04:27) Another year, another year of service out of my G5. 2017 for me promises to be a weird year - of resistance, change, renewal, and growth. I plan to get back to school with some graduate studies. I plan to write and read more. I plant to program a tad more. I plan to try some new things. On the G5 front, I really appreciate all the emails that come my way, and I hope my meandering responses are helpful. I'll be combing through those emails and offering up a new Troubleshooting page to the site, with tips and suggestions when your G5 goes horribly wrong. Let's face it - these old Macs won't last forever. Second, I am hoping to dive back into some programming in XCode and work on a thing or two. New software for our PPC G5s is essentially non-existent or rare. We have TenFourFox, maybe Leopard-Webkit, SimpleMarkPPC (shameless plug), and some themes (like LeopardRebirth). Can we encourage new versions of software or new software products for our aging hardware? I think it's a worthy goal. Stay tuned. I'd love

Macintosh Repository – A Great “New” Mac OS Archive

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 11.01.2017, 18:44) I love serendipity. Today I was searching for a copy of Power Windows, a great Mac OS system control panel that provides a number of goodies such as full window dragging, translucent menus and more. Much to my surprise, the first entry that showed up in my Google search results was a file in a […]

2016 in review

(System Folder - 09.01.2017, 20:11) Overall I’m glad to be leaving 2016 behind, as it wasn’t a particularly great year. However, as far as vintage computing goes, I can’t complain at all. I was able to bring both of my old iPods back to life by updating their storage with Compact Flash cards (8 GB for the iPod mini, 16 GB for […]

BitTorrent for Mac OS 9 (!?!)

(PPC Luddite - 28.12.2016, 22:24) The Macintosh Garden forums had a bit of a Christmas surprise this year with news of a new BitTorrent client called MacTorrent. Not just any BitTorrent client, but one that runs on Mac OS 8-9.2.2 (a separate OS X version runs on 10.3-10.6.8). Somebody should tell these developers that the Classic Mac OS (the real Mac OS) already had its funeral and there's no reason to write useful and awesome applications for it. After all, the only reason Mac OS 9 isn't quite useful and awesome enough to run as an everyday system these days is a lack of useful and awesome modern applications. Or something like that.In my limited testing so far, MacTorrent seems to work. It's bare at this early stage, but the developers are working on adding features such as magnet links in the future. Be part of the testing and give it a download. Download the .sit file labeled "Classic" for the Mac OS 8-9 version, and the .zip file labeled "PPC-OSX" for the OS X version.If someone wrote an h.264 decoder for Youtube streaming on OS 9

When You Feel Bored, Read Apple Documentation About Your G5

(G5 Center - 20.12.2016, 04:38) Like many of you, when I get a new computer, I typically toss the documentation back into the box, no matter how compelling it looks. I've met people who read it front to back, and sometimes, there is helpful information therein. But I'm reckless and prefer to dive right in, figuring things out on my own. On cold nights though, it can be fun to dive back in to the technical information available to you with a cursory search in Apple's support section of their website. To get started, go here: https://support.apple.com/manuals/powermac I decided to dig back in case I had missed something before per the oddities that happen between our G5s and certain Solid State Drives (SSD). Was there a particular feature to the Serial-ATA implementation that could be a clue? Was there something special about either drive bay? Here are the three documents I picked through: Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) - Tech Brief Power Mac G5 User Guide GeForce 7800GT Graphics I'm not saying this stuff is riveting reading, but it mig

Where to Find PowerPC Community

(G5 Center - 16.12.2016, 04:10) A loyal reader asked me a good question - where do you go to find a discussion forum for other PowerPC users? The actual question included a subtle suggestion that I open up some kind of forum or give a way for more ongoing discussion here on the site. I love that idea, but my history with web forums, especially on small sites like mine, is that they get stale and stagnant. No need to create competition among our limited community, and I really don't like the security issues that come with hosting forums. Spam is a major issue. First, you are always welcome to hijack any post thread I have with a specific question or something to share, even if it is off-topic. Go for it. I appreciate that a number of people email me, and I do apologize if I don't get back right away or miss your email. Feel free to send again. I won't take offense. I have a full-time (plus) calling, and my schedule tends to be unpredictable. Second, here are some suggestions if you want to discuss your machines, trade war stories, offer l

The Power Mac G3 All-In-One (Molar Mac)

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 06.12.2016, 08:27) One of the rarer Macintosh models these days is the Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One (AIO). Challenged in the beauty department, the G3 AIO is an odd looking duck, whose overall shape, when viewed head on, is not dissimilar to a human tooth, leading to its “popular” moniker of “the Molar Mac”. These machines ARE fairly […]

Current state of Linux on PowerPC

(PowerPC Liberation - 20.11.2016, 09:14) I am sure most you have heard that Debian has dropped PowerPC as a release architecture.  If anyone is interested in the reading the meeting notes where it was discussed it can be found here. Basically it came down to lack of support. According to the Debian team there were no porters for PowerPC to maintain it as a release architecture. There is also the issue of outstanding bugs. An example

The second-best browser for PPC Macs

(System Folder - 16.11.2016, 18:22) Every time someone with a vintage G3/G4/G5 PowerPC Mac asks me what browser would be my preferred choice for such systems, I always suggests TenFourFox, because it’s stable, secure, and actively maintained. However, you may have a Mac that barely meets — or doesn’t meet at all — TenFourFox’s minimum system requirements: TenFourFox requires a […]


(PowerPC Liberation - 18.10.2016, 04:24) Just a quick note to let you all know we're still alive.  Content will come as time allows. Though we are a team of writers, each of us is also our own satellite - since we each have our own orbits in life.  The point is that we write when time allows, which means that when we do post something, you know we mean it.

It's Christmas in October: New PPC Media Center, Plus Pianobar, TSclientX, and SetEXIFDATA

(PPC Luddite - 08.10.2016, 11:06) As macOS Sierra is busy underwhelming the computer world, you'll be happy to hear there's still software being spun for good operating systems like Tiger and Leopard. I've gotten a few emails pointing to a few new titles, so I wanted to pass the word on.First, there's an update to PPC Media Center, our favorite GUI frontend for youtube-dl. This brings it to version 6.5 (and requires 6.0 already installed) and includes many Theatre Mode improvements. Here's the download.Next, Daniel Milisic tells me he has new versions of Pianobar and TSclientX for Tiger and Leopard PowerPC.His port of Pianobar is actually called PianoPPC and brings back the Pandora terminal client to Tiger and Leopard desktops. I've tested it myself and it works fabulously. Here are a few brief instructions:After unpacking the download, the application must be run only from the /Applications folder or it will not launch. Also, for automatic login with your Pandora email and password, create the text file ~/.config/pianobar/config and sa

An Inside Look at Apple's Skunkworks

(PPC Luddite - 23.09.2016, 22:00) I feel a little paranoid even posting this, especially after Tim Cook loaded all those Samsung phones with explosive devices like a ninja. A few weeks ago I came into contact (won't say the method or the medium) with an insider at Apple (won't say who) of some distinction (won't say their rank) who first dangled and then delivered pictures of the new 2016 Mac Mini. Ordinarily I'd be like, "Cool," but nothing to risk my neck over. The Mac Mini isn't the most exciting product ever, but this Mac Mini, my source said, is different. It's a revolutionary new Mac Mini, and one that would hint at changes to the entire Mac lineup. This is a paradigm shifter. It shows Apple's changing priorities and where Jony Ive & Co. intend to take the whole Mac product line in years to come. The old Mac Mini is no more. It's time for a new form factor, new internals, and even an assault on the very concept of internals.Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the 2016 Mac Mini:As you can see, it's minnier than ever. "H

Yellowing, Retr0bright and Sally Beauty Supply

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 07.09.2016, 15:27) Those of us who enjoy tinkering in the world of vintage Macs often have to deal with an unfortunate consequence of the passage of time that leads a Mac to be called “vintage” – the yellowing (and even browning) of part or all of the Mac’s case, monitor or keyboard/mouse. At times, this can be […]

G5Center Interviews Cameron Kaiser

(PPC Luddite - 20.08.2016, 04:06) Look who bumped into each other at Vintage Computer Festival West.Also, I've been using the new TenFourFox 45 beta. It's a smooth ride, like driving a vintage '38.

Getting Linux on an iLamp iMac with Nvidia Graphics

(PPC Luddite - 21.07.2016, 11:06) ILamp iMacs (G4s) are maybe the most notoriously difficult Macs to get a Linux desktop on, mostly because of the GeForce graphics they were afflicted with came with. Since I don't have one and haven't tried to put Linux on it myself, I haven't posted anything about it, but PPC Luddite reader Gary R. via email shared a very concise set of instructions on how to get Ubuntu running on his, so I thought I'd post it here.Here I quote Gary very liberally:This is how I got Ubuntu to work:Download Ubuntu 16.04 minimal install iso for ppc.Install system utilities and Ubuntu MateWhen finished, rebootAt yaboot type: Linux nomodeset singleWhen you reach root, type: visudoBelow: root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL type: username ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL (as per your instructions)Hit Control o, hit return, then exitnano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.confcomment (#) nvidiafb, uncomment vesafbwrite, save, exitnano /etc/modules, add nvidiafbwrite, save, exitnano /etc/initramfs-tools/modules, add nvidiafbwrite, save, exitupdate-initr