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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2007-03-15 11:44 amviton
>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
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….
2007-03-15 1:52 pmgleng
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
2007-03-15 2:27 pm
2007-03-15 2:37 pmgleng
Cool! Well, we heard it here first!
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.
2007-03-15 3:33 pmbbrv
Hi Jedd, we explained that…
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!
And therein is a “hint” on the fixed-mobile future…
Yesterday’s blog was an example. So is this:
…and this is one of our favorites:
There are many more. It is working. The “masses” will follow…;)
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??
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.
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
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.
Edited 2007-03-16 12:40
Thanks johan for the explanation. It makes more sense (I couldnt understand why it would have been so low compared to my kurobox ppc).
at last!!! EFIKA FOR THE MASSES !!!
what’s next? Minix ?
Hopefully bring some more ppc people to aros!