Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Oct 2006 23:09 UTC
Morphos Genesi has announced its Open Server Workstation: "The Open Server Workstation is a six layer board with two 970MP processors, the CPC945 and Broadcom's HT-1000 and 2000 chips. Excepting those parts, the board and component cost is below USD 200. Here is the Business Plan [.pdf] we wrote for the board."
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Why open ppc?
by IronWolve on Mon 30th Oct 2006 05:49 UTC
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2006-01-17

Why are people sticking with PPC over x86? Since the major players that used sparc and ppc have moved to x86 for the workstation, maybe its time drop ppc?

I know I waited forever for a cheap PPC board to run Amiga alternative OS's on a modern cpu, and is the PPC 970 it?

Limited operating systems, limited hardware support, limited software, expensive prices.

And Intel and AMD comes out with 4 core cpu's next month.

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RE: Why open ppc?
by flywheel on Mon 30th Oct 2006 07:17 in reply to "Why open ppc?"
flywheel Member since:
2005-12-28

Why are people sticking with PPC over x86? Since the major players that used sparc and ppc have moved to x86 for the workstation, maybe its time drop ppc?

I really dont know about this - both the PS/3 and the XBOX360 runs on the Cell processor, which beating heart is a PPC970.

Limited operating systems
Well I guess that Yellowdog Linux, openSUSE, Crux, Gentoo, Debian, Mandriva, Holon, ubuntu Linux, Skole Linux, MorphOS, ľnOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenDarwin, OpenSolaris, ArOS and QNX is rather limited.

Edited 2006-10-30 07:34

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RE[2]: Why open ppc?
by Andre Siegel on Mon 30th Oct 2006 08:36 in reply to "RE: Why open ppc?"
Andre Siegel Member since:
2005-08-12

@ flywheel

I really dont know about this - both the PS/3 and the XBOX360 runs on the Cell processor, which beating heart is a PPC970.

Actually, the PS3 runs on the Cell processor but the XBOX 360 does not. The XBOX 360 uses a custom Power Architecture processor named Xenon.


Limited operating systems
Well I guess that Yellowdog Linux, openSUSE, Crux, Gentoo, Debian, Mandriva, Holon, ubuntu Linux, Skole Linux, MorphOS, ľnOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenDarwin, OpenSolaris, ArOS and QNX is rather limited.


These are the operating systems running on Genesi's Pegasos I / Pegasos II type of mainboards and all products based on those, such as the Open Desktop Workstation. It remains to be seen if they will all be ported to the G5-based Open Server Workstation.

For example, there has been no announcement so far that MorphOS will be ported to the OSW at any point in the future.

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RE[2]: Why open ppc?
by Ronald Vos on Mon 30th Oct 2006 19:39 in reply to "RE: Why open ppc?"
Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

Well I guess that Yellowdog Linux, openSUSE, Crux, Gentoo, Debian, Mandriva, Holon, ubuntu Linux, Skole Linux, MorphOS, ľnOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenDarwin, OpenSolaris, ArOS and QNX is rather limited.

You forgot Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0 ;)
(And I still don't know what version of Windows was running on those G5 development kits for the xbox360.

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RE: Why open ppc?
by Fransexy on Mon 30th Oct 2006 11:26 in reply to "Why open ppc?"
Fransexy Member since:
2005-07-29

Why are people sticking with PPC over x86? Since the major players that used sparc and ppc have moved to x86 for the workstation, maybe its time drop ppc?

I know I waited forever for a cheap PPC board to run Amiga alternative OS's on a modern cpu, and is the PPC 970 it?

Limited operating systems, limited hardware support, limited software, expensive prices.

And Intel and AMD comes out with 4 core cpu's next month


I don´t expect that all people understand the relativity theory or evolution theory, and i don´t expect that all people understand why Powerpc

Edited 2006-10-30 11:27

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