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Void Linux

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:00 pm
by acefnq
Christian
Have you heard of or tried this distro?

https://voidlinux-ppc.org/


ace

Re: Void Linux

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:51 pm
by Roland
@acefnq

I have noticed Void, too, and have been thinking whether it could be used with X5000....

The deposit for PPC64 BE (https://auto.voidlinux-ppc.org/current/be/) seems to have even Firefox 79, and merely that would be worth the effort! There are also some other FF versions (ESR) available.

Re: Void Linux

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:07 pm
by xeno74
acefnq wrote: Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:00 pm Christian
Have you heard of or tried this distro?

https://voidlinux-ppc.org/


ace
Yes, I know this distro but I haven't tried it yet.

Re: Void Linux

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:36 am
by daz
acefnq wrote: Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:00 pm Christian
Have you heard of or tried this distro?

https://voidlinux-ppc.org/

ace
I had a quick look at this, I had a lot of trouble getting to to run the prep tools on the X5000, (no altivec, I think)

I did get the installer ramdisk to start on my X1000, but I could never get it to find the compressed filesystem, so kept getting stuck in a boot shell.

If time permits in the future I'll have another look, looks like the 64be version will run on the X1000, we may need to stick to 32bit on the X5000 though.

Regards
Darren

Re: Void Linux

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:37 pm
by Roland
daz wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:36 am
I had a quick look at this, I had a lot of trouble getting to to run the prep tools on the X5000, (no altivec, I think)
The documentation of Void indeed states that e5500 CPUs do not work with the 64bit version due to altivec.
If time permits in the future I'll have another look, looks like the 64be version will run on the X1000, we may need to stick to 32bit on the X5000 though.
The deposit of the 32bit version did not seem to have FF 79, so Void would be much more useful for X1000 users.

BTW, there also seems to be a recent PPC version of Linux Mint:

http://mintppc.nl/

Has anyone tested that...?