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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RE[3]: Why open ppc?
by flywheel on Mon 30th Oct 2006 17:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why open ppc?"
flywheel
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2005-12-28

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.

I'm corrected - The XBOX360 runs on Xenon, not Cell and only features 3 cores.
But the Xenons beating heart still is an PPC

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.

G5 still got the 32-bit extension implemented right ?
Most people today also runs 32-bit operating systems on their AMD64 processors.
I see no problem in that every supported operating systems is not released to the street in 64-bit versions the same day as the OSW is released.

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RE[4]: Why open ppc?
by Andre Siegel on Mon 30th Oct 2006 19:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Why open ppc?"
Andre Siegel Member since:
2005-08-12

@ flywheel

G5 still got the 32-bit extension implemented right ?
Most people today also runs 32-bit operating systems on their AMD64 processors.
I see no problem in that every supported operating systems is not released to the street in 64-bit versions the same day as the OSW is released.


The OSW mainboard uses very different components than the older Pegasos 1/2. Operating Systems such as MorphOS need to be specifically adapted to the new northbridge, etc. in order to run properly.

The central processing unit is only one piece of the puzzle. Just having a compatible or even identical processor is not enough.

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RE[5]: Why open ppc?
by flywheel on Tue 31st Oct 2006 23:14 in reply to "RE[4]: Why open ppc?"
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2005-12-28

The central processing unit is only one piece of the puzzle. Just having a compatible or even identical processor is not enough.

Quite right - but it is by far the largest piece of the puzzle. If you got no support of the ISA you got a really longer way to go than if you got holes in your driversupport.

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