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Re: PowerPC notebooks

Στις 06-10-2015, ημέρα Τρι, και ώρα 14:47 -0400, ο/η Lennart Sorensen
> On Tue, Oct 06, 2015 at 02:49:13PM -0300, Breno Leitao wrote:
> > It seems a new a new 4-core 64-bits PPC laptop is coming. It will 
> > be using a
> > Freescale e6500 processor.
> > 
> > http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/en/
> > 
> > This processor is based on V2.06 ISA, but it is still not clear for 
> > me if only
> > PPC64 is supported, or, if ppc64el might run on these machines.
> The ABI for ppc64el says it requires V2.07 or higher.
> Freescale says the e6500 is V2.06, while wikipedia lists the e6500 in
> the V2.07 article as compatible.
> I can't find enough details to see if it has the VSX instructions 
> required.
> Altivec does not run little endian, but vsx does.

(CC'ing the founder of the project, Roberto )

As I'm actually one of the people involved in my spare time in the
project, the truth is in the middle. It can run little-endian code, but
it does not have VSX, and its Altivec unit does not operate in little
-endian mode, so without VSX it would make much software incompatible. So even if we could get it to run ppc64el on it, it would be sans
-Altivec optimizations. The choice so far is to go for the ppc64 port
in Debian.



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