A day in the life of a PowerPC user

By extremely popular request, I'm going to blog my entire computing experience from yesterday (Saturday, the 24th of November, 2018). All of the events written here are real, and actually happened yesterday on my Talos II running Adélie Linux. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent. When I walk in to my office,… Continue reading A day in the life of a PowerPC user

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving…

...and the main Adélie Linux Web serving box went down, in a strange way. Network access to all the KVM VMs running on our primary dedicated server suddenly dropped, and new connections were refused. Connecting to the host via BMC, I was greeted with possibly the oddest machine identification I've ever seen: Adélie Linux 4.14.76-mc11-easy-p8/ppc64… Continue reading ‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving…

Status update for Firefox on PowerPC / big endian

(This post is probably not interesting to non-technical observers.  Rest assured, I'm still working quite hard on porting Firefox to PowerPC when I have the chance.) I've just pulled the latest Firefox code (from mozilla-central) and have fully rebuilt Firefox with the latest code. First, the good news: JS-API tests are still 100% passing.  XPC… Continue reading Status update for Firefox on PowerPC / big endian

Saturday: Mozilla and Bixby

This morning, I tried more ideas for fixing the remaining endianness bugs in Mozilla's graphics engine.  I found a few more leads but so far no progress on cracking the image decoding issue. It was a beautiful day out and my allergies are waning since it's finally autumn, so we took my gran out and… Continue reading Saturday: Mozilla and Bixby

Big Endian Firefox: Now with more compositing

I'm currently in the process of trying to bring up the PowerPC platform as a fully supported architecture in Firefox.  I've already implemented better support for XPCOM / JS interfacing, and fixed a crash in the JavaScript interpreter. My next challenge is fixing graphical issues, which is proving to be more of a challenge than… Continue reading Big Endian Firefox: Now with more compositing