Software Development

  • Status In Progress
  • Percent Complete
    10%
  • Task Type Implementation Request
  • Category General
  • Assigned To
    André Silva
    Márcio Silva
  • Operating System Hyperbola GNU/*
  • Severity Critical
  • Priority Very High
  • Reported Version Any
  • Due in Version Undecided
  • Due Date Undecided
  • Votes 1
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Attached to Project: Software Development
Opened by André Silva - 09/01/2019
Last edited by André Silva - 09/01/2019

FS#1336 - POWER (ppc64le) porting

The unfortunate reality is that x86 computers come encumbered with built-in low-level backdoors like the Intel Management Engine , as well as nonfree boot firmware. This means that users can’t gain full control over their computers, even if they install a free operating system such as Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre .

Hyperbola is working hard to fix these issues and getting closer every day, but for the time being, this is why many current Respects Your Freedom (RYF) offerings are refurbished older devices.

For the future of free computing, we need support architectures that do not come with such malware pre-installed, and the Power9-based Talos II promises to be a great architecture example for workstations and servers environments where Hyperbola is focused since is a fully free long-term support distribution.

Devices like this are the future of computing that Respects Your Freedom and for that reason it’s a high priority for Hyperbola port all packages for the POWER architecture (power64le).

winter commented on 09.01.2019 04:12

Very kind of you to do this, how many powerpc computers will this support?

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André Silva commented on 09.01.2019 08:35
Very kind of you to do this, how many powerpc computers will this support?

ppc64le requires, at minimum, a POWER8 processor machine; POWER9 hardware is also supported. There are, at this moment, a plenty of POWER8 and POWER9 machines for workstations and servers being sold by different companies such as Raptor Computing Systems and IBM.

fablamar commented on 09.01.2019 10:17

Good initiative. I also hope we will see more affordable POWER machines in the future. Unfortunately, the current TALOS pricing (even the upcoming matx board) is too pricey for me and with the shipping, customs fees.. So well, I'm stuck with x86_64 coreboot'ed machines for the moment.
Hopefully this port of Hyperbola will drive more and more people to free hardware and thus eventually lower prices of such hardware for everyone in the upcoming years!

winter commented on 12.01.2019 14:28

"Hopefully this port of Hyperbola will drive more and more people to free hardware and thus eventually lower prices of such hardware for everyone in the upcoming years!"

Agreed, I wholeheartedly agree.

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