Re: Apple PowerMac G5
On Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:03:51AM +0000, paubert wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 10:32:10AM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 09:33:33AM +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2003-06-25 at 06:26, Sven Luther wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:55:04AM +0100, Bastien Nocera wrote:
> > > > > On Wed, 2003-06-25 at 00:24, Leandro GuimarÃ£es Faria Corsetti Dutra
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > > > Anyone has it working already with Debian?
> > > > >
> > > > > Read the announcement properly, they won't ship until September in the
> > > > > US...
> > > >
> > > > Err, august that is, no ?
> > >
> > > Same difference, it's not shipping for quite some time :)
> > Notice that IBM also plan to ship some ppc 970 using boxes, so these
> > would probably make decent linux boxes and support would be provided.
> > This would not help for the applce specific chipset though.
> The question is how much of the chipset is Apple or IBM specific
> and how much will be shared. I don't believe that doing two
> completely independent designs makes much sense.
So you think that the north-bridge could be an Apple-IBM common design ?
The rest is not as important, as it is connected trough a HyperTransport
bus, so any HT chip will do. The funny thing is that they have a special
PCI-X bridge sitting between the north bridge and the super IO chip. I
guess this one is just a off-the-shelve piece, while the IO chip is of
more common apple lineage. It has serial ATA, standard ATA for the
SuperDrive (this one is a guess), USB 2.0, Firewire 800, networking and
Naturally, one could even build a PPC 970 motherboard with This
IBM/Apple northbridge, some PCI bridge, and Nvidia's HT connected
southbridges, not that we have much drivers for them though.