preparing a really new open-source portable gaming console

In the last post I have made an interview to Michael Mrozek ( EvilDragon)  , owner of OpenPandora GmbH, he is who in 2008 , with some others guys, made a great and powerful open-source gaming console called Pandora.

I have made to EvilDragon  some others questions about the future of Pandora and I have asked him some suggestion about my light dream of a new powerful powerpc notebook.

OpenPandora GamesCom 2013

Pandora Open Source console at GamesCom 2013

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interview at Michael Mrozek co-founder of OpenPandora

I’m a OpenPandora owner , I had booked it on 2008, you can find some of my old posts regarding OpenPandora.

This time I have make this interview at Michael Mrozek that is now, from my point of view, the more active co-founder of OpenPandora.

Michael Mrozek at GamesCom 2013 ( at dx)

Michael Mrozek at GamesCom 2013 ( at dx)

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Does we port Dolphin Emulator to Powerpc?

dolphin emulator Wii and GameCube

dolphin emulator Wii and GameCube

It’s very funny that there is a open source project ( Dolphin ) and a package for gnu/linux that emulate Nintendo GameCube and Wii and work only for x86 architecture with a uge work of emulation of powerpc Wii/GameCube processor. It’s funny because on gnu/linux for powerpc we can simply virtualize the GameCube/Wii powerpc processor with kvm and in this way we don’t need so powerful machine for emulate the powerpc processor. It’s funny because nowadays Dolphin doesn’t work on powerpc architecture, very funny!!!

Ten days ago I have wrote this mail to one of the Dolphin emulator team:

There is anyone that is trying to compile dolphin-emu for powerpc architecture?
As I have read well doplhin-emulator need much RAM , a powerful GPU and CPU.
A powerful CPU is needed for the emulation, but with a powerpc CPU I think that dolphin-emu with kvm dosen’t need to emulate the CPU and doesn’t need a powerful CPU.
On the Powerpc world it’s possible to use ATI GPU so there are not problem on GPU performance.

but at the moment I have not received any answer, so I wrote on the dolphin forum 

Nowadays we have acube system powerpc pc, a-eon powerpc amigaone x 1000 and soon Servergy will produce pcubed powerpc devkit. Over that nowadays it is possible to buy cheap used powerpc G4/G5 machines with NVIDIA or ATI video card, so I think make sense to port Dolphin to Powerpc architecture and thanks to the virtualization of kvm on powerpc ( as demonstrated on my previous post ) we will play virtualized game powerpc console like GameCube and Wii.  In the future why not virtualize with a proper powerpc cpu PS3 , xbox 360 and WiiU.

Do  you like to port Dolphin Emulator to powerpc architecture?  If Yes we can build a group of people that will do that.

UPDATED 25 September 2013

Yesterday after published this post and wrote on the dolphin forum a Dolphin Developer answer me , I thank you very much for his quick answer:

The Dolphin emulator makes assumptions /everywhere/ in the code that it is running on a little endian machine.
I looked towards gaining support for big endian in Dolphin a few years ago and it immediately hit roadblock after roadblock with big endian support.
It would be a massive undertaking with how large our codebase is.

Not to mention we now require OpenGL 3.x and I’m not sure how many PowerPC hosts support that…

  • What do you think about?
  • OpenGL 3.x from which opensource driver is supported? because on powerpc platform at the moment we can “only” count on opensource video driver.

UPDATED 26 September 2013

The discussion on the Dolphin Forum continue… that’s very interesting:

A developer:

It’s very difficult because throughout the entire ten years of the lifetime of the project, there hasn’t been any thought put in to the source that it’ll run on a big endian machine because no developers have thought/cared for it to run on a big endian system. It would take a while to do.

I invite everyone interested on the topic to comments and in case start to collaborate to port dolphin on powerpc

powerpc G4 virtualization with kvm

Thanks to the help of Alexander Graf that in 2009 inform me that in that days kvm for powerpc was supporting only the G5, and now on the 2013 tell me that kvm now support G4 . To be onest I haven’t found any information around the web talking about the possibility of the powrerpc G4 to virtualize, even if from the time of born of Mac-on-Linux application in fact mol was virtualizing mac os x 10.3.x and 10.4.x

Writing this post I hope to share something useful for you.

I have wrote this post first on my italian blog . Now I have rewrite it here in my english….

Needed steps to compile kvm and qemu on powerpc

Debian Qemu Kvm Powerpc G4

Debian Qemu Kvm Powerpc G4

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We build a custom gnu/linux powerpc Smartbook!

We, the group buying will build a custom gnu/linux Smartbook/notebook !

But is needed to expand who is the “we”.

If “we” will be many people that like to ask to a little producer to produce a custom notebook or smartbook with an ARM or Powerpc processor ( why not a MIPS?).

A group of buying that could order 1000 pieces to a little producer is enough ( I believe) to start a production, so our “fried” for make a powerpc notebook is a little producer and what’s more we (the blog) want to empower virtuous producers ( please refer to Values page of this blog to go more deep on our vision) .

If “we” are many people that like to have a powerful notebook based on ARM or Powerpc architecture and with a full support of gnu/linux, WE CAN BUILD IT.

Personally I prefer a powerful notebook based on Powerpc architecture.

If “we” want gnu/linux on it, not Chrome OS or Android or other proprietary OS, WE CAN BUILD IT.

First of all we need to know each others and check our desires and wishes.

So let’s start with a poll on the right sidebar

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Roberto Innocenti ( Delirio Tecnologico blogger)

Thank’s HP for support Open Source!!!

In my previous post I have explained the reasons why HP should adopt WebOS , and finally now HP have made the more intelligent choice.

I have a Hp Touchpad take from ebay for around 250$ and recently I have take a palm pixi plus, I like very much the interface and now that WebOS will be fully Open Source I feel even better!

I hope new WebOS based devices will arrive even in the 2012, we will see, and probably we will see WebOS installed on others devices…

 

 

 

Why Hp should continue to adopt WebOS

In March of this Year in my Italian blog deliriotecnologico I had write about the decision of HP to pre-install WebOS on every devices that it produce , my opinion was very positive about the HP decision to continue to support the Free Software Business Model,  for my point of view was a  sign of maturity of HP  in relation to the “new times”.

Even If WebOS is not exactly Free Software because, like Android and Meego, it permits for many components and applications to use Apache like licences that allow to make a source code closed, in any case this fact is a progress in to the direction to share software knowledge and efforts.

HP already is active supporting free software donating code for printer driver, pre-installing gnu/linux OS , providing open drivers for their notebook, etc… Adopt a free software based OS as WebOS  in all HP devices is a further step forward. In any case have control over the software and OS  (shared with others) it’s an important step for an hardware producer company, and this is an import reason why is very good for HP to use and develop WebOS every where.

Nokia with Meego was in the same position , to have their own OS for doesn’t start to depend from others OS producer, and sadly in the moment that Meego is ready to “give back” in term of profits the investments done , Nokia abandon it… For HP the hypothesis to abandon WebOS is a un-rational move like for Nokia was to abandon Meego.

My impression is that these Companies was pressed from “outside”  against the company interest. These companies have the intelligence and power ( not less than BlackBerry and Apple) to be really independent even in term of OS software.

WebOS , like Meego ( that for be onest I have not already tested),  on my Hp Touchpad is very mature , and outperform others OS in term of multi-tasking , interface and gnu-linux support for professionals ( I use on it Ubuntu 11.04 chroot ) ; i prefer WebOS more the Android even in terms of interface;  I use Android 2.x in others devices , even if I have not already tested Android 3.x and Android 4.X

Why not netbook or Notebook with powerpc?

Sorry for my english… ( becouse my natural language it’s  Italian )

Now that smartbooks are not with x86 processors and in this way they couldn’t  use anymore Windows Xp/Vista/7, we use gnu/linux or derivates (there is some strange exceptions ), why not will be possibile to use notebook with PowerPc processors?

Over that, IBM , that is the founders of PowerPC platform (with Freescale),  with it’s Transitive (acquired on 2008), have the tool to run x86 binary program on PowerPc (like rosetta on intel platform , build from the same software huse some years ago).

In this way it’s possible to run x86 gnu/linux applications and even with some more effort even Windows applications ( at least with Wine, but cuod be with an extension for QEMU of the transitive tecnology…)

Over that gnu/linux on Powerpc at the moment is more devolped that ARM port, so I think there are many reasons to make powerpc notebooks and netbooks.

Can be there is some future scenario for powerpc on notebook?

Why not?