Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2007 22:04 UTC
Amiga & AROS AROS will be ported to the EFIKA. "Earlier this week John accepted the AROS EFIKA Port Bounty. Said another way, John will port Amiga Research Operating System to the EFIKA." In an email, BBRV also said MorphOS 2.0 is 'coming'. They promised more news on that soon.
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AROS will be ported..
by fithisux on Wed 14th Mar 2007 22:51 UTC
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2006-01-22

at last!!! EFIKA FOR THE MASSES !!!

what's next? Minix ?

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Nice one! 8D
by twenex on Wed 14th Mar 2007 23:15 UTC
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2006-04-21

'Nuff said.

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Great news
by wonea on Wed 14th Mar 2007 23:39 UTC
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2005-10-28

Hopefully bring some more ppc people to aros!

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RE: Great news
by viton on Thu 15th Mar 2007 11:44 UTC in reply to "Great news"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

>Hopefully bring some more ppc people to aros!
Actually PS3 port can bring MUCH more people.
At least me =)

Edited 2007-03-15 11:45

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morphos
by poundsmack on Thu 15th Mar 2007 00:02 UTC
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2005-07-13

MorphOS 2.0 is comming...wow that actualy supirsed me. I really thought development had stalled for the most prt. unless they mean is comming in the same sence that so it the end of the world....eventualy....

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RE: morphos
by gleng on Thu 15th Mar 2007 13:52 UTC in reply to "morphos"
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2006-02-16

Surely they mean MorphOS 1.5? That's been due "any day now" for a few months. Even the MorphOS website states "1.5 More Weeks"* ( http://www.morphos.de/ ).

Unless they've made so many new changes that they've version bumped it to 2.0?

Edit: * I should clarify for those who don't follow all things Amigalike. The MorphOS website's slogan used to read "Two More Weeks". It's a kind of in-joke about the usual endless delays in Amigaland.

Edited 2007-03-15 13:56

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RE[2]: morphos
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2007 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE: morphos"
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2005-06-29
RE[3]: morphos
by gleng on Thu 15th Mar 2007 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: morphos"
gleng Member since:
2006-02-16

Cool! Well, we heard it here first! ;)

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Excellent.
by Jedd on Thu 15th Mar 2007 15:28 UTC
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2005-07-06

I am an EFIKA tester / developer, and it's nice to see that more people are getting involved with this wonderful piece of hardware.

On a more personal note, I am saddened to say that the ODW (Open Desktop Workstation) is going to be discontinuted. ;)

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RE: Excellent.
by bbrv on Thu 15th Mar 2007 15:33 UTC in reply to "Excellent."
bbrv Member since:
2006-06-04

Hi Jedd, we explained that...

http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2006/11/coffee-tea-or-pegasosppc.html

We have been experimenting with the 8641D. We will see! ;) In the meanwhile, the managed services angle is going to be far more critical for customer retention!

http://www.domain-b.com/infotech/itnews/2007/20070312_broadband.htm...

And therein is a "hint" on the fixed-mobile future...

R&B ;)

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The real objective
by bbrv on Thu 15th Mar 2007 15:28 UTC
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2006-06-04

http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2007/03/can-you-see-us-yet.html

Yesterday's blog was an example. So is this:

http://www.stellae.fr/wiki/electronics:efika_en

And, this:

http://gentoo-wiki.com/Efika

...and this is one of our favorites:

http://projects.powerdeveloper.org/project/efika/338

There are many more. It is working. The "masses" will follow...;)

R&B ;)

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hey bbrv
by _df_ on Fri 16th Mar 2007 01:27 UTC
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2005-07-06

hey bbrv when are we going to see a more powerful efika? the 400mhz efika gets onlt 65 bogomips, my 266mhz kurbox nas gets 3x that.

if I could increase memory, it would be a _little_ less of a concern.

(but to put in perspective amiga 4000/040 gets only 16, and efika is on par with a pentium/166 but pentium mmx/133 gets 265...)

I'm actually _really_ surpised the mpc5200b/400 gets so little bogomips compared to my kurobox MPC 8241/266.

can you give us any sneakpeak info on efika2??

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BogoMIPS
by PurpleAlien on Fri 16th Mar 2007 07:26 UTC
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2006-12-08

Hi.

I really doubt that EFIKA only gets 65 bogomips
.
Since it's based on a 603 core, you can get a rough estimate of the bogoMIPS number by multiplying the clockspeed with 0.67. So that would make 268 BogoMIPS.
You have to take this factor into account due to the fact that modern CPU's require less clock cycles for the same code.

Besides that, if you write a program specifically for one CPU, it'll give a higher value as well.

Conclusion: BogoMIPS are a bad way to measure performance. You should test the EFIKA for your particular application to find out if it is suitable or not.

Johan.

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re: BogoMIPS
by _df_ on Fri 16th Mar 2007 11:47 UTC
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2005-07-06

see here;
http://michael-prokop.at/blog/2007/01/17/debian-on-the-efika-board/

root@grmlppc ~ # cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : G2_LE
clock : 396.000000MHz
revision : 1.4 (pvr 8082 2014)
bogomips : 65.53
timebase : 33000000
platform : Efika
machine : EFIKA5K2 CHRP PowerPC System
revision : 2B3
vendor : bplan

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BogoMIPS
by PurpleAlien on Fri 16th Mar 2007 12:39 UTC
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2006-12-08

Hi.

On PowerPC, recent kernels have changed the way short timing loops are implemented. The CPU timebase is used instead of calibrated empty loops. (which is exactly what BogoMIPS are, the ability of the CPU to do nothing).

Thus the BogoMIPS value is no longer the speed at which the processor runs empty loops, but the actual processor timebase value as obtained after calibration at boot.

For instance, on G3 and G4 processor it is the bus frequency divided by 4, which is why a 1Ghz G4 has a BogoMIPS value of 73 or so.


Johan.

Edited 2007-03-16 12:40

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re: BogoMIPS
by _df_ on Fri 16th Mar 2007 13:46 UTC
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2005-07-06

Thanks johan for the explanation. It makes more sense (I couldnt understand why it would have been so low compared to my kurobox ppc).

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