MintPPC

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xeno74
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Re: MintPPC

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Roland wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:04 pm Would it be possible to upload it to your Linux site (xenosoft), Christian?
Please upload it to Google Drive. After testing this img I will upload it to Xenosoft.
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Re: MintPPC

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Hi Roland,

Many thanks for the MintPPC image! :-) I successfully tested it on my X5000/40 and in a virtual e5500 PPC64 QEMU machine with the RC4 of kernel 5.10 today.

QEMU command:

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qemu-system-ppc64 -M ppce500 -cpu e5500 -m 1024 -kernel uImage-5.10 -drive format=raw,file=MintPPC32-X5000.img,index=0,if=virtio -netdev user,id=mynet0 -device virtio-net-pci,netdev=mynet0 -append "rw root=/dev/vda" -device virtio-vga -usb -device usb-ehci,id=ehci -device usb-tablet -device virtio-keyboard-pci -smp 4 -vnc :1
X5000 installation:
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    tar zxvf MintPPC32-X5000.tar.gz
  2. Ubuntu: sudo su
    Debian, Fienix etc: su
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    # dd if=MintPPC32-X5000.img of=/dev/sda3
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    # e2fsck -f /dev/sda3
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    # resize2fs /dev/sda3
    Please note: The Ubuntu 16.04 version of e2fsck can't check the MintPPC partition because it doesn't support the new features of the ext4 file system from the MintPPC img. Please use e2fsck from Fienix instead.
MintPPC works out of the box on my X5000/40 and in a virtual e5500 PPC64 QEMU machine. I didn't need to configure Xorg, 3D hardware acceleration, sound etc.

Screenshots:

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I uploaded it to Xenosoft today.

Download: MintPPC32-X5000.tar.gz (md5sum: b31c1c1ca1fcf5d4cdf110c4bce11654)

The password for both 'root' and 'mintppc' is 'mintppc'.

Interesting thread about MintPPC: MintPPC project -- forums.macrumors.com

Cheers,
Christian
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Re: MintPPC

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MintPPC with LibreOffice 7.0.3.1:

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Re: MintPPC

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Hi, Christian!

Glad to hear it worked also for you :-). Thank you for 'hosting' it on you site!

For those using VLC I would like to add that the non-altivec VLC package can be found in the /home/mintppc/downloads. The main components of it are already installed, but If you happened to need some additional VLC plugin, please have a look in the package. You can install them with the command 'sudo dpkg -i vlc_name-of-the-component_3.0.11.1-3.1_powerpc.deb' or with GDebi.

'Synaptic' can show what VLC components are already installed (all are 'version locked'), but also those available from the default MintPPC depot (with slightly different version number!). Components in the depot are _NOT_ compatible with the installed non-altivec VLC version, so in any case please don't try to install them!
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Re: MintPPC

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Roland
Up and running, only had to add my xorg.conf and to rename libglamoregl (I have 2 cards installed), so far everything is working well, actually feels quite snappy. Is this based on Debian 64PPC?

Thanks for your work.

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Re: MintPPC

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acefnq wrote: Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:35 am Up and running, only had to add my xorg.conf and to rename libglamoregl (I have 2 cards installed), so far everything is working well, actually feels quite snappy. Is this based on Debian 64PPC?
Glad to hear it works! What do you have in your xorg.conf? I did not have to add that...

Yes, it indeed feels snappy. It is based on 32-bit Debian PPC. The 64-bit MintPPC cannot open the desktop. I tested both lightdm and lxdm... Maybe it is due to the lack of altivec in X5000? Unfortunately I do not have a X1000 to verify that.
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Re: MintPPC

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Roland
Just for my Firepro graphics card

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI RV620 [FirePro 2260]"
Driver "radeon"
BusID "PCI:5@4096:0:0"
EndSection

About to test compiz.

Cheers

ace
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Re: MintPPC

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Roland and Christian
I have been playing around with MintPPC32 a bit, pretty good although some important apps are still missing as yet, eg Thunderbird, GIMP, Blender etc. Also, once I did some apt updates and upgrades I ended up with a broken system, needing a reinstall., this seems to be a hybrid Unstable/Stable install making it easy for things to break. No big deal after the reinstall I am paying close attention to see where the problem was, I suspect it was with Evolution. Will keep you updated. It would be nice if Fienix and Mint could be bashed together as each has strengths and a couple of weaknesses, although both are extremely impressive given they are basically one person efforts.

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Re: MintPPC

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acefnq wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:10 am I have been playing around with MintPPC32 a bit, pretty good although some important apps are still missing as yet, eg Thunderbird, GIMP, Blender etc. Also, once I did some apt updates and upgrades I ended up with a broken system, needing a reinstall., this seems to be a hybrid Unstable/Stable install making it easy for things to break. No big deal after the reinstall I am paying close attention to see where the problem was, I suspect it was with Evolution. Will keep you updated. It would be nice if Fienix and Mint could be bashed together as each has strengths and a couple of weaknesses, although both are extremely impressive given they are basically one person efforts.
Ok, thanks for reporting your experiences! I updated the existing packets before releasing the image (only a few were non-upgradeable due to dependency problems) but did not install much new packages, except the 'Mate', Wicknix browsers and plugins for them. You can ask from Jeroen if he could include the packets you are missing.

Fienix is of course a 'safer' option for X5000 as Casey has the same machine and can more easily detect possible problems. But still, I expected MintPPC would be much more problematic to use in X5000 than it is.
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