TenFourFox FPR11 available

(TenFourFox Development - 10.12.2018, 02:21) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 11 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). Issue 525 has stuck, so that's being shipped and we'll watch for site or add-on compatibility fallout (though if you're reporting a site or add-on that doesn't work with FPR11, or for that matter any release, please verify that it still worked with prior versions: particularly for websites, it's more likely the site changed than we did). There are no other changes other than bringing security fixes up to date. Assuming no problems, it will go live tomorrow evening as usual. FPR12 will be a smaller-scope release but there will still be some minor performance improvements and bugfixes, and with any luck we will also be shipping Raphaël's enhanced AltiVec string matcher in this release as well. Because of the holidays, family visits, etc., however, don't expect a beta until around the second week of January.

Fedora 29 mini-review on Talos II

(Talospace - 09.12.2018, 06:08) Although I don't think anyone has good data on this so far, I suspect that Fedora usage among Talos II users is pretty high because it was among the first to offer POWER9 support out of the box. I believe Debian has the greatest install base overall because of its general reputation and it seems to be the one Raptor recommends, but I still wager that Fedora is in the top couple. Indeed, coming from the Power Mac world without loyalties to any particular distribution, the fact I could just throw a bootable Fedora CD into my brand-spanking-new T2 and install an OS without any fuss was pretty much the whole reason I'm using Fedora now. Fortunately, after an initially bumpy start with some weird glitches here and there, F28 Workstation has generally been a very pleasant experience and I think most distros that support Talos systems are now to that point. This review, then, is not a general review of Fedora 29, but rather a review of F29 from the perspective of a Talos II user and anything relevant to this platf

CentOS 7.6.1810 available

(Talospace - 05.12.2018, 01:54) CentOS 7.6.1810 is now available based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 (fresh off the IBM merger). Separate ISO images are available for ppc64 and ppc64le, along with a standalone build for POWER9 which should support Talos family machines. You can read the release notes for CentOS-specific information and get more information on RHEL 7.6, from which it descends.

Why we need Firefox on Talos, not just Chromium

(Talospace - 04.12.2018, 05:19) Today's news is that apparently EdgeHTML, the layout engine for the Edge browser, is being replaced not just on mobile, not just for ARM on Windows, but even on Windows 10 itself -- with Chromium. There's more about that on our sister blog, TenFourFox Development. This potentially allows Chromium to arrogate even more browsershare to itself, enabling Google to continue with eroding support for anything that isn't Chrome. If you're using a Talos II as I am, you of all people should recognize the vulnerabilities of an architectural monoculture. We've seen that with Intel's stagnation on x86, we saw that with Internet Explorer 6, and we're about to see it again if Chromium is successful in driving Gecko's marketshare to irrelevancy. Chromium on POWER9 exists, and apparently works; I won't use it personally for the reasons I cited above, but I salute the work that went into it. (Too bad Google doesn't seem to.) Mozilla, on the other hand, has been willing to accept PowerPC patches even after PPC OS X was no long

Edge gets Chrome-plated, and we're all worse off

(TenFourFox Development - 04.12.2018, 04:41) I used to think that WebKit would eat the world, but later on I realized it was Blink. In retrospect this should have been obvious when the mobile version of Microsoft Edge was announced to use Chromium (and not Microsoft's own rendering engine EdgeHTML), but now rumour has it that Edge on its own home turf -- Windows 10 -- will be Chromium too. Microsoft engineers have already been spotted committing to the Chromium codebase, apparently for the ARM version. No word on whether this next browser, codenamed Anaheim, will still be called Edge. In the sense that Anaheim won't (at least in name) be Google, just Chromium, there's reason to believe that it won't have the repeated privacy erosions that have characterized Google's recent moves with Chrome itself. But given how much DNA WebKit and Blink share, that means there are effectively two current major rendering engines left: Chromium and Gecko (Firefox). The little ones like NetSurf, bless its heart, don't have enough marketshare (or currently features) to rat

Running SnapML applications with IBM PowerAI Enterprise 1.1.2

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 02.12.2018, 19:37) Working with Snap ML in PowerAI Enterprise 1.1.2 Spectrum Conductor in PowerAI Enterprise 1.1.2 provides capability to setup Spark cluster automatically. To execute an application using snap-ml-spark APIs in Spectrum Conductor environment in IBM PowerAI Enterprise, either run snap-ml-spark application through spark-submit in PowerAI Enterprise OR enable snap-ml-spark APIs inside Jupyter Notebooks in PowerAI Enterprise […] The post Running SnapML applications with IBM PowerAI Enterprise 1.1.2 appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Something for the weekend: Classic MacOS Lua

(TenFourFox Development - 01.12.2018, 00:50) First, a TenFourFox FPR11 update: the release is delayed until December 10-ish to coincide with the updated release date of Firefox 66/60.4 ESR. Unfortunately due to my absence over the holidays this leaves very little development time for FPR12 in December, so the beta is not likely to emerge until mid-January. Issue 533 ("this is undefined") is still my biggest priority because of the large number of sites still using the tainted version of Uglify-ES, but I still have no solution figured out yet, and the 15-minutes-or-longer build time to reconstruct test changes in JavaScript if I touch any headers seriously slows debugging. If you've had issues with making new shipments in United Parcel Service's on-line shipping application, or getting into your Citibank account, this is that bug. So in the meantime, since we're all classic Mac users here, try out MacLua, a new port of the Lua programming language to classic MacOS. I'm rather fond of Lua, which is an incredibly portable scripting language, ever since I l

CreativeC Optimizes VASP on Power for Alloy Design

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 29.11.2018, 14:49) The Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package – also known as VASP – is a popular and powerful HPC application. It is one of the popular tools in atomistic materials modeling, such as electronic structure calculations and quantum-mechanical molecular dynamics. It is developed at the University of Vienna in Austria for… Read more The post CreativeC Optimizes VASP on Power for Alloy Design appeared first on OpenPOWER.

SUSE – SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Power

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 28.11.2018, 15:30) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for Power is an open-source Linux operating system built on top of the free and open source Linux kernel and is distributed with system and application software from other open source projects. SLES for Power is available for computer systems based on IBM Power processors… Read more The post SUSE – SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Power appeared first on OpenPOWER.

30th VI-HPS Tuning Workshop (BSC, Barcelona, Spain)

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 27.11.2018, 16:25) Monday 21st – Friday 25th January 2019. The workshop will take place at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), C6 building E-106, BSC Campus Nord, Barcelona, Spain. This workshop organized by VI-HPS for the Spanish PRACE Advanced Training Centre hosted by Barcelona Supercomputing Center will: give an overview of the VI-HPS programming tools suite explain the functionality of individual… Read more The post 30th VI-HPS Tuning Workshop (BSC, Barcelona, Spain) appeared first on OpenPOWER.

Spotted owls and OpenPower

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 26.11.2018, 16:43) This post was originally published by IBM.  The U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University’s department of Fisheries and Wildlife has monitored northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest since the early 1990s under the Northwest Forest Plan. Historically, monitoring has involved broadcasting recorded owl calls in the hope of… Read more The post Spotted owls and OpenPower appeared first on OpenPOWER.

A day in the life of a PowerPC user

(The Cat Fox Life - 26.11.2018, 04:58) By extremely popular request, I’m going to blog my entire computing experience from yesterday (Saturday, the 24th of November, 2018). All of the events written here are real, and actually happened yesterday on my Talos II running Adélie Linux. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent. When I walk in to my office,… Continue reading A day in the life of a PowerPC user →

Adding External Mass Storage to Your System 6 Mac

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 25.11.2018, 19:25) In this final and long overdue post on System 6, we will look at adding external mass storage to your System 6 Mac, typically a crucial element in loading application software onto it. After all, you won’t get far with 800K floppies! There are several types of mass storage you could choose to add: external […]

Blackbird's on sale for Black Friday weekend!

(Talospace - 24.11.2018, 06:26) We've just bought one of the Basic Blackbird Bundles (BK1B01, 90W 4-core POWER9 CPU, mATX mainboard, I/O plate and recovery DVD). Yes, they're on sale for $999.99, but only until 11:59:59pm Central Standard Time on Monday, the 26th! That's a $175 savings over buying the motherboard and 4-core CPU on sale separately, which is also on sale now too over the same period for $799.99 for the board (BK1MB1) plus $375 for the CPU. There is of course some fine print: besides the fact the bundle does not include RAM, storage or a case, the most curious omission is that there is no heat sink-fan assembly in the pack-in deal. The 4-core should do fine with the 2U HSF, which is an extra $75 (and is what we ordered), but the 8-core will require the 3U HSF (160W max supported on the Blackbird). We'll be reviewing it when it arrives. Get it while it's hot. Note that this is a pre-order, and Raptor hasn't given any more specific date for arrival than Q1 2019. Update: Raptor is now also offering an 8-core Blackbird bundle (

AI solutions in Energies and Utilities with IBM PowerAI Vision

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 24.11.2018, 03:55) Challenges in Energies and Utilities Transmission towers and substations form core infrastructure elements that ensure efficient supply of power across the country. Power lines span several thousands of miles, delivering energy to several substations before reaching to their consumers. A typical transmission tower has a variety of components like conducting wires, insulators, bird guards, marker […] The post AI solutions in Energies and Utilities with IBM PowerAI Vision appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Happy Workaholic Day!

(The Cat Fox Life - 23.11.2018, 06:37) I’ve never been a big fan of stores being open on Thanksgiving Day, because I feel that American culture already emphasises consumerism and unhealthy obsessions with work enough. However, I rarely say anything, because what are you going to do with big-box retailers? They want some of that Black Friday money, and they typically don’t… Continue reading Happy Workaholic Day! →

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving…

(The Cat Fox Life - 22.11.2018, 07:59) …and the main Adélie Linux Web serving box went down, in a strange way. Network access to all the KVM VMs running on our primary dedicated server suddenly dropped, and new connections were refused. Connecting to the host via BMC, I was greeted with possibly the oddest machine identification I’ve ever seen: Adélie Linux 4.14.76-mc11-easy-p8/ppc64… Continue reading ‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving… →

Spotted owls and OpenPower

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 21.11.2018, 17:07) The U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University’s department of Fisheries and Wildlife has monitored northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest since the early 1990s under the Northwest Forest Plan. Historically, monitoring has involved broadcasting recorded owl calls in the hope of eliciting a response from real owls. However, as spotted owl populations have […] The post Spotted owls and OpenPower appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Computer Vision made simple with IBM PowerAI Vision

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 21.11.2018, 00:12) At IBM, we took a tangential approach to empower subject matter experts with tools to train models for AI solutions. Imagine an radiologist who understands anomalies from MRI and xRays with the ability to train models to integrate AI into their practice. AI in radiology is transforming health care with MRI machines can study the […] The post Computer Vision made simple with IBM PowerAI Vision appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

The Reports of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 18.11.2018, 20:51) Alright, Mark Twain said it first, and he definitely said it best, but my last post concerning the demise of my long serving Power Mac G5 Quad may just have been somewhat exaggerated. As promised, I gingerly moved the machine to a safe location, with a lot of cardboard underneath it, and opened it up, […]

Sometimes it's necessary: running x86_64 binaries on the Talos II

(Talospace - 18.11.2018, 07:58) Yes, it's gross, but sometimes it's necessary. There's a lot of software for Intel processors, and there's a lot of it that you can't recompile, so once in awhile you've got to get a little dirty to run what you need to. In prior articles we've used QEMU with KVMPPC to emulate virtual Power Macs and IBM pSeries, but this time around we'll exclusively use its TCG JITted software CPU emulation to run x86_64 programs and evaluate their performance on the Talos II. For this entry we will be using QEMU 3.0, compiled from source with gcc -O3 -mcpu=power9. Make sure you have built it with (at least) x86_64-linux-user,x86_64-softmmu in your --target-list for these examples, or if using your distro's package, you'll need the qemu-x86_64 and qemu-system-x86_64 binaries. However, there is also a new experimental fork of QEMU to try called HQEMU. HQEMU uses LLVM to further optimize the code generated by TCG in the background and can yield impressive performance benefits, and the latest version 2.5.2 now supports ppc64le

OpenPOWER Foundation Documentation Development Guide

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 16.11.2018, 09:00) The OpenPOWER Foundation documentation template provides a framework for OpenPOWER public and private documentation. The goal of the template and this writeup is to promote community contributions to OpenPOWER documenation and to enable new contributions within a common look and feel. The major sections of this document addresses the following… Read more The post OpenPOWER Foundation Documentation Development Guide appeared first on OpenPOWER.

And now for something completely different: SCSI2SD is not a panacea

(TenFourFox Development - 15.11.2018, 22:51) When well-meaning but underinformed folks hear you keep old Macs alive, without fail they tell you to replace the capacitors, and install a SCSI2SD. The first bit of "advice" drives me up the wall because while it's true for many Macs, it's now uttered in almost a knee-jerk fashion anywhere almost any vintage computer is mentioned (this kind of mindlessness infests pinball machine restoration as well). To be sure, in my experience 68030-based Macs and some of the surrounding years will almost invariably need a recap. All of my Color Classics, IIcis, IIsis and SE/30s eventually suffered capacitor failures and had to be refurbished, and if you have one of these machines that has not been recapped yet it's only a matter of time. But this is probably not true for many other systems. Many capacitors have finite lifetimes but good quality components can function for rather long periods especially with regular periodic use; in particular, early microcomputers from the pre-surface mount era (including early Macs) on

A Casualty on the Front Lines

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 15.11.2018, 21:42) No, this isn’t a misplaced war correspondent piece! The title refers to my much loved and long serving Power Mac G5 Quad, which until this week has been on the front lines of the internet as the server for the Happy Macs Gopher site. Regrettably I went into the lab mid this week to find […]

Would you pre-order a Blackbird for $875?

(Talospace - 14.11.2018, 18:15) Would you pre-order the new "Tiny Talos" Raptor Blackbird for $875? (Hint: compare this to the new weaksauce Space Gray Mac mini and you tell us what you'd rather buy.) We're planning to because we think this is a fabulous deal on powerful user-controlled hardware and a much lower barrier to entry to the POWER9 ecosystem, and we'll be reviewing it right here to see how viable the low-end spec can be. Do note this is mainboard cost, and while the Blackbird has lots of on-board peripherals, the RAM, storage and (probably) CPU will be extra (the base 4-core POWER9 right now appears on Raptor's site for $375). Either way, tell Raptor your interest level on their straw poll.

A Few FAQs about the OpenPOWER Foundation Ecosystem

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.11.2018, 19:52) by Jeff Scheel, IBM Distinguished Engineer, OpenPOWER Technical Steering Committee Chair The OpenPOWER EU Summit in Amsterdam this past October gave me a chance to hear what questions remain on the minds of partners and clients.  Despite the Foundation’s best intentions and efforts, several questions are asked frequently enough that… Read more The post A Few FAQs about the OpenPOWER Foundation Ecosystem appeared first on OpenPOWER.

OpenPOWER and AI Workshop at IIT Delhi Campus

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.11.2018, 16:06) Josiah Samuel, advisory software engineer, IBM I recently attended the OpenPOWER and AI Workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. This workshop gathered 30 students to learn about IBM and its work with Artificial Intelligence. I was able to offer these students hands-on sessions discussing PowerAI, SnapMl and Machine… Read more The post OpenPOWER and AI Workshop at IIT Delhi Campus appeared first on OpenPOWER.

High Performance Secondary Analysis of Sequencing Data

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.11.2018, 14:39) Genomic analysis is on the cusp of revolutionizing the understanding of diseases and the methods for their treatment and prevention. With the advancements in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, the number of human genomes sequenced is predicted to double every year. This market growth is further fueled by the ongoing… Read more The post High Performance Secondary Analysis of Sequencing Data appeared first on OpenPOWER.

ICYMI: what's new on Talospace

(TenFourFox Development - 12.11.2018, 01:02) In the shameless plug category, in case you missed them, two original articles on Talospace, our sister blog: making your Talos II into an IBM pSeries (yes, you can run AIX on a Talos II with Linux KVM), and roadgeeking with the Talos II (because the haters gotta hate and say POWER9 isn't desktop ready, which is just FUD FUD FUD).

Roadgeeking with the Talos II (or, Workstation FUD and Loathing)

(Talospace - 12.11.2018, 00:57) Now that Phoronix has published very impressive comparison benchmarks between their 2x22 Talos, AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9, the next bit of pooh-poohing is "ppc64 (and LE) aren't ready for workstation duty." FUD. Absolute FUD. It's definitely true that big-endian systems are sometimes a little rockier to work with (we know all about this from our TenFourFox gig, of which this blog is a spinoff) because after the Macintel transition there are a lot fewer big-endian workstations on developer desktops. This isn't to say that running the Talos II big-endian is impossible, however: much, even most, of the software out there works fine, and if you're prepared to put up with a hiccup now and then and/or pitch in with fixes where needed, it's perfectly liveable. But this isn't the case for little-endian PPC64, which works well. A few major apps aren't fully there, though some of it is administrative screwaroundry like Google being Google about accepting PPC (and MIPS) changes back to Chromium. On the other

Happy 8th birthday to us

(TenFourFox Development - 09.11.2018, 01:15) TenFourFox is eight years old! And nearly as mature!

LaGrange system in the works?

(Talospace - 06.11.2018, 02:32) We're all very jealous that Phoronix gets to play with a dual 22-core Talos II (we're just dual 4-core pikers here), but from the comments thread comes the mention of a possible future LaGrange-based system. All of the current Talos family (the Talos II, T2 Lite and upcoming Blackbird) use Sforza POWER9 processors, which currently offer the best flexibility for workstation, workstation-like and low-to-midrange server systems with 48 PCIe 4.0 lanes. However, Sforza "only" has half the memory bandwidth of the bigger beasts with "just" 4-channel DDR4 and a single X-bus SMP link, limiting such systems to two CPUs maximum. LaGrange, by contrast, has "only" 42 PCIe 4.0 lanes, but has 8-channel DDR4 and double the X-bus, making a 4-CPU system possible. LaGrange systems are already in use by Google and Rackspace for their Zaius/Barreleye designs. With SMT-4 and 22 cores, such a system could max out at a whopping 352 threads and would very clearly be positioned against AMD's offerings. As an aside, those of you who kn

Clearing confusion regarding modern PowerPC endianness

(The Cat Fox Life - 03.11.2018, 22:23) I am having to correct, with alarming regularity, confusion regarding the endianness of modern PowerPC and POWER chips.  This article is going to answer a lot of those questions, with facts and citations. What endianness are modern PowerPC / POWER CPUs, including POWER9? Fact: All POWER Architecture processors, with the exception of the POWER4 and… Continue reading Clearing confusion regarding modern PowerPC endianness →

TenFourFox FPR11b1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 03.11.2018, 05:59) TenFourFox Feature Parity 11 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). As mentioned, FPR11 and FPR12 will be smaller in scope due to less low-hanging fruit to work on and other competing projects such as the POWER9 JIT, but there are still new features and improvements. The most notable one is my second attempt to get unique origin for data: URIs to stick (issue 525). This ran aground in FPR10 and had to be turned off because of compatibility issues with the Firefox 45 version of uBlock Origin, which would be too major an add-on for me to ignore breaking. FPR11 now has a shim in it to allow the old behaviour for data URL access initiated by the internal system principal (including add-ons) but use the new behaviour for web content, and seems to properly reject the same test cases while allowing uBlock to run normally. As before, we really need this in the browser to defend against XSS attacks, so please test thoroughly. Once again, if you experience unusual behaviour in this version, please

OS X kernel exploit in ICMP: Power Macs vulnerable?

(TenFourFox Development - 01.11.2018, 08:06) I've been puzzling over this for a couple hours, and without a known working proof of concept (which has not yet been revealed) I'm mostly guessing, but I don't believe that Power Macs are vulnerable to CVE-2018-4407. In a nutshell, the exploit works by sending an abnormal and malicious ICMP packet over a local network to a vulnerable Mac. A vulnerable Mac will attempt to send an error back to the sender with a copy of the abnormal packet header, which has been constructed to be oversize and thus overflows the buffer used for the copy, potentially allowing remote code execution with the contents of the malicious packet. The current and known vulnerable code dates to about OS X Yosemite (warning: long page). In this version additional code was added to compute the length of what to copy and select different types of buffers, and this later revision appears to be missing a critical line from the original BSD source code that would properly limit the length of what was copied. Prior versions of OS X have a diff

Status update for Firefox on PowerPC / big endian

(The Cat Fox Life - 01.11.2018, 04:54) (This post is probably not interesting to non-technical observers.  Rest assured, I’m still working quite hard on porting Firefox to PowerPC when I have the chance.) I’ve just pulled the latest Firefox code (from mozilla-central) and have fully rebuilt Firefox with the latest code. First, the good news: JS-API tests are still 100% passing.  XPC… Continue reading Status update for Firefox on PowerPC / big endian →

Working with Caffe framework using PowerAI 1.5.3

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 30.10.2018, 12:52) Overview PowerAI 1.5.3 supports Caffe as one of Deep learning frameworks. Caffe is the system default version of PowerAI. It actually contains two variations: Caffe BVLC – It contains upstream Caffe 1.0.0 version developed by Berkeley Vision and Learning Center(BVLC) and other community contributors.Berkeley Vision and Learning Center is renamed as BAIR (Berkeley Artificial Intelligence […] The post Working with Caffe framework using PowerAI 1.5.3 appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

OpenBMC Overview

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 26.10.2018, 12:32) In this blog, we provide an overview of OpenBMC and its components piece by piece. Overview OpenBMC is a free open source software management Linux distribution that is designed for the embedded environment. Based on Yocto, it consists of the following components: U-boot Linux Kernel Services managed by systemd Systemd All the services are managed […] The post OpenBMC Overview appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 12.0-0 released!

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 25.10.2018, 22:38) A new major release of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available: 12.0. Packages in 12.0-0 The Advance Toolchain is a self contained toolchain which isn’t reliant on the base system toolchain. Base toolchain packages: GNU Binutils – 2.30.90-2df836265bd1 online docs Expat XML Parser – 2.2.5-968b8cc46dbe online docs GCC (GNU Compiler […] The post IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 12.0-0 released! appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Saturday: Mozilla and Bixby

(The Cat Fox Life - 21.10.2018, 04:12) This morning, I tried more ideas for fixing the remaining endianness bugs in Mozilla’s graphics engine.  I found a few more leads but so far no progress on cracking the image decoding issue. It was a beautiful day out and my allergies are waning since it’s finally autumn, so we took my gran out and… Continue reading Saturday: Mozilla and Bixby →

Big Endian Firefox: Now with more compositing

(The Cat Fox Life - 20.10.2018, 21:22) I’m currently in the process of trying to bring up the PowerPC platform as a fully supported architecture in Firefox.  I’ve already implemented better support for XPCOM / JS interfacing, and fixed a crash in the JavaScript interpreter. My next challenge is fixing graphical issues, which is proving to be more of a challenge than… Continue reading Big Endian Firefox: Now with more compositing →

A re-introduction to blogging

(The Cat Fox Life - 20.10.2018, 00:38) I’ve finally moved my blog off Google Blogger and over to WordPress.  WordPress is much nicer and I’m much happier with this platform – and recommend it highly! I have so much to say, and so many drafts that I’ve written.  I wanted to start by noting that I imported the “best of” my old… Continue reading A re-introduction to blogging →

Why go social: Collaborate, learn, and innovate – Footprints outside the firewall

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 16.10.2018, 09:39) The Open Source Summit North America 2018 in Vancouver, to describe in a few words was a diverse gathering that touched upon all aspects of an open source project and work involved, and more. In the keynotes, Jim Zemmelin talked about how Linux has grown into the most important software platform in the world. To […] The post Why go social: Collaborate, learn, and innovate – Footprints outside the firewall appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Reviving a Non-Responsive 7300/200

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.09.2018, 17:45) I am happy to report that the Happy Macs lab is once more fully operational, after a move of 100’s of miles from its old home to its new home. Of the 28 or so computers that were moved, there was only one “casualty” – my cherished Power Macintosh 7300/200. It would be fair to […]

The G5's Hidden Fan

(G5 Center - 04.09.2018, 02:22) Dan Knight has taken Low End Mac to Facebook with some groups there that both over-populate my feed with random old school Mac stuff but also bring great joy to readers and enthusiasts like myself. Definitely subscribe if you are interested. A nugget that crossed my feed this week was this excellent article on how to access the hidden fan on your PowerMac G5. Granted, it's not actually hidden per se, but if you clean your G5, you may miss this one. It's a clever little engineering nugget and a good idea to at least take a look if you are having cooling issues. Read more: http://thehouseofmoth.com/a-little-known-fact-about-the-power-mac-g5-and-what-to-do-with-this-information/ -- Nathan

HappyMacs Gopher Site Back on the Air

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.08.2018, 19:44) Progress update from the HappyMacs lab. I am pleased to report that the HappyMacs Gopher site is once more “on the air”. Please visit gopher://happymacs.ddns.net to access a wide ranging library of vintage Macintosh software.

Happy Macs Lab Progress, Mac IIfx and Apple IIgs

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.08.2018, 02:26) At long last, the corporate relocation that has shuttered the Happy Macs lab for the past six months is finally complete. It has been a long and tortuous process but at last it is done. Our new home has a large and custom-built space in the finished basement that will grow into the Happy Macs […]

Debian PPC Status Update

(PowerPC Liberation - 18.07.2018, 04:44) Earlier this month, the migration of the Debian PPC port from Debian's main archive to the Debian ports archive was completed. The DSAs' shut down of the powerpc buildds on the main archive was a result of the PPC port no longer being a release architecture. With this change, also comes the need to update one's sources.list file. Also keep in mind that if you want to continue running Debian on