On Fri, Dec 04, 2015 at 10:26:47AM -0500, Lennart Sorensen wrote: > On Fri, Dec 04, 2015 at 06:09:28AM +0000, Fadi Osman wrote: > > Hello, > > I'm contacting you on the behalf of the PowerPC Notebook project team.(http://www.powerpc-notebook.org) > > As you might already know, we are a group of volunteers collaborating towards building a notebook around the Freescale e6500 core (ALTIVEC and PowerIsa 2.07).We are aiming at making the hardware FSF compliant (or at least Open). > > We will be using Debian ppc64 as our Operating System. > > > > Is it possible for us to join you, essentially for the ppc64 port? (development/bug fixing/testing...) > > > > We would eventually also like to run ppc64el (but from my understanding, that would be without ALTIVEC). > > Please contact us if you think there are subjects/packages we can work on. > > > > Thanks a lot,and hoping to be of help.The PowerPC Notebook project team. > > > > (NOTE: Some of us already have 32bit and 64bit PowerPC hardware running Debian.) > > I am curious why you want to run ppc64 rather than powerpc? What benefit > is there to going 64bit for everything rather than just a few select > things (like a database perhaps that needs the memory space)? After all > doubling the pointer size increases cache usage and memory bandwidth > usage, and on most architectures does not gain you anything except a > larger address space (x8a_646 being a huge exception since it doubled the > register count and dropped x87 and various other good things). > > -- > Len Sorensen > To access more physical memory? But sure, they could run a 64-bit kernel with a 32-bit userspace. But since this is going to be used as a laptop, I am thinking: 'Browsers!'. Cascardo.
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