YouTube. 1080p. Big-endian PowerPC + Firefox.

H.264: VP8/VP9: I additionally shot a short 4 second video clip of the Talos in action. I've filed a bug with Mozilla to upstream this work. If you do have a bmo account, consider Voting for this issue. (Don't spam the bug tracker with +1 comments; it won't help.) Please also consider supporting my progress… Continue reading YouTube. 1080p. Big-endian PowerPC + Firefox.

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…

Clearing confusion regarding modern PowerPC endianness

I am having to correct, with alarming regularity, confusion regarding the endianness of modern PowerPC and POWER chips.  This article is going to answer a lot of those questions, with facts and citations. What endianness are modern PowerPC / POWER CPUs, including POWER9?Fact: All POWER Architecture processors, with the exception of the POWER4 and POWER5,… Continue reading Clearing confusion regarding modern PowerPC endianness

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

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

Ridiculous unusable download URLs for open source projects

I told myself (and everyone I know) that I wouldn't write another blog post until I moved the blog off Google Blogger, but I can't stay silent on this issue. UPower, the open source power management software used on Linux (and I believe the *BSD family), has recently changed their download URLs. As the lead… Continue reading Ridiculous unusable download URLs for open source projects