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    While they’re not at that stage yet, I hope they’ll eventually do something about the sad state of modern web browsers on powerpc. Else they probably won’t find many users for their platform. Who wants a laptop that has no web browser?

    On OpenBSD, there’s no viable graphical browser on macppc. Firefox has had various bugs popping up on powerpc over the years and is no longer being built, WebKit is broken at runtime, and Chromium requires graphics hardware accelleration and doesn’t support powerpc in the first place.

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      Who wants a laptop that has no web browser?

      /me raises hand

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        Urgh, I didn’t realise things were so bad on PowerPC. TenFourFox seems a viable option so I assumed Firefox worked reasonably well on non-OSX PPC systems.

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        I’m a little confused about the intent of this project. Is this something to bring a newer, faster PPC processor and system to market, or just something to bring back the PPC enough that we can use our old macbooks again?

        I’m not trying to be facetious here, I legitimately do have old PPC hardware I love, just not sure what the goal is here.

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          It sounds like the intention is to build open hardware.

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            open hardware

            Is that possible with OpenPower? The designs are still licensed in exchange for money. It would seem unlikely for them to be also freely available so they can be declared “open”.

            Better go with OpenSPARC.

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          I donated €100.

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            Are there any details of their design goals? Is POWER 8 the architecture they’re working with? Do the designers and project leads have any experience bringing a product to market? I might have missed it but I didn’t see answers to these questions here.

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              FAQ says NXP e6500, which is indeed POWER8 compatible (both implement Power ISA v2.07).

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                Neat. Thanks for hunting this down!

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                The motherboard comes from a company called ‘Acube Systems’ which has a ilst of products, most of which use powerpc SoCs from another company called ‘Applied Micro’. It looks like this latter company was recently acquired and is mostly listing ARM SoCs at the moment.

                Perhaps they have stockpiled a sufficient number of SoCs? In the end, someone will have to build powerpc CPUs for this machine, and who would be doing that is indeed not obvious.

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                Is there any chance that they can pull off hardware that’s competitive in price, power, and battery life with modern laptop hardware?

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                  And I just retire my old ibook, so long and thanks for all the builds :)