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Firmware / Re: Adventures in reverse engineering broadcom nic firmware
« on: January 03, 2024, 07:22:04 pm »
The presence of an RSA signature, I venture a guess may be present as there might be other Broadcom products which do check the signature. And Broadcom's internal policy may simply be to sign everything just so that there is uniformity across development.

Oh, you just have to scroll down from the completely blank white title card.

Imagine having the option to own your own keys and use silicon that has fully open source firmware and tooling.
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User Zone / Re: Calling for gaming experiences
« on: January 03, 2024, 06:15:40 pm »
It is simple to contribute to right now. I don't think we intended for so very many games to actually work that the list would outgrow a simple column. Maybe it can be split it up into:

Native builds
Engine re-implementations

These events have also been showing in the 'Server Health' section of my BMC web panel. Just four marked from 2020, and two more recent from December 2023.

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CALLOUT_DEVICE_PATH=/sys/devices/platform/gpio-fsi/fsi0/slave@00:00/raw CALLOUT_ERRNO=0_PID=4612

My system has been fine, other than occasionally booting without properly setting RTC time to the host (same issue that ClassicHasClass has been seeing?)

If this is power outage related, that would make sense since, through 2020, I unknowingly had my Blackbird on a bad uninterruptible power supply. Then later had it in a location prone to outages before replacing the UPS.

If these logs are nothing critical, they should be safe to clear from the log?

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: Debian 12 status?
« on: December 13, 2023, 09:15:23 pm »
Have another computer handy because Debian still have not readded the ast module for initramfs to their installation images.

Have a look at the wiki. You'll need to set console=hvc0 to grub cmd line and conduct the TUI installer from another machine through obmc-console-client. Huge PITA, but worth it to have Debian IMO.

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: POWER11 on the horizon?
« on: November 27, 2023, 08:11:52 pm »
If anything I'm most interested in is IBM returning to its core open source design, so that it has a Power 11 processor that's exactly as open as a Power 8 or Power 9, I'm not going to buy Power CPUs. that they are not IBM because their technology is the best ever for their processors and I don't think that any other company, no matter how good, can reach their level and therefore I don't intend to change companies for these microprocessors. IBM creates it and IBM must produce it or have it produced by one of its direct partners to be the best, this at least is my humble opinion and then obviously it is debatable by anyone.

I've learned in life not to get hung up on vendor brands. Especially in the computing space, it's all about the design and how it's implemented.

Here is the website of Solid Silicon:

No matter how I try to view the site, it only loads a blank white canvas (Or black canvas, with CSS but no javascript). There is a vimeo link supplied to a scene of smoke rolling over mountains. I assume they attempt to use this for an animated backdrop?

It hasn't been picked up by web archive and other archivers also just grab a blank page. Has anybody been able to view their page?

General CPU Discussion / Re: Power10 announcement from Raptor soon?
« on: October 23, 2023, 07:00:17 pm »
Raptor said minimum size for Power10 would be ATX. I'm fine with that.
He mentioned also LibreSOC as a SBC. Availability 2024.

Perfect for a revival of the Condor. Not my cup of tea, I'm a small form factor kind of guy, but I suspect a standard ATX would do well with the DIY market.

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: POWER11 on the horizon?
« on: October 23, 2023, 06:52:12 pm »
In my opinion it is more convenient to wait for Power 11, at least as far as I'm concerned, at the moment I don't need to advance so I'm perfect with Power 9

I find that performance is still adequate for my needs. At this point, an upgrade would just be to get shorter IPL and boot times and maybe suspend to RAM.

and then apparently there is more possibility that 11 will be completely open as Raptor wants. The only thing I hope is that at least after all the money spent on research and development for 2 nanometers, they can use it with Power 11!

I'm prepared to ride out Power9 for years if it's successor are never properly reopened.

The is the best news I've received perhaps all year. Hopefully the new design, both boards and chips, uphold freedom and openness before bolting on any new creature comforts.

Other wishes to Condor it is Built-in  Kestrel and FSF RYF.

FSF have not gotten around to Blackbird RYF certification because they have not had the bandwidth to focus on it. Maybe new boards will reignite their vigor.

Blackbird / Back in stock - the journey, chronicled
« on: April 19, 2023, 06:04:55 pm »
Quote More Blackbirds are being produced
IRC, July 19:
tpearson: bkeys: We're targeting shipments starting September.  Not a guarantee, but you may use that for planning

The #Blackbirds are coming, the #Blackbirds are coming!  What are we up to now...…

Be sure to pre-order yours now at… to get one of these new units fresh off the line.  More updates to come in November!

"Any word on when more Blackbird boards will be available?"
@RaptorCompSys Dec 9 Replying to @jwbowen
We had hoped to have them available last month but are working through some new issues in regard to supply chain.  We'll have an update later this month, hopefully with some good news!

April 26
In reference to the Blackbirds, we continue to work through the remaining COVID19 lockdown induced issues.  We are very close at this point to having them back in stock in significant quantities, so shipments should resume shortly.  Talos II remains in stock at this time.

Seems to be awaiting this FPGA

3/2 thum> that would've been weird, Tim just mentioned those in an email to me...

@RaptorCompSys Mar 7
Best way to prevent this type of weapon being turned on you is to buy a Talos II right now, or a Blackbird soon

Mar 30
We'll have these back in stock…,175.msg3017.html#msg3017
I placed mine in late September of last year. Cross your fingers.
edit: Got an email this evening confirming shipment, with a tracking number. What a weekend for me to go out of town... but next week I'm free to set it up!

By August 31st
There are small improvements, but largely the same.  We don't want to have to increase prices to the extent that would be needed for a ground-up redesign.

In conjunction with the Arctic Tern release today, we also wanted to provide an update on Blackbird. We remain on track for shipment by August 31, 2022.
Those items would also be possible -- S2R is theoretically possible starting with the 1.02 hardware version of the Blackbird, due to power regulator control circuit changes...
April 12, 2023
The #Blackbird owner-controlled #POWER9 desktop mainboards and systems are now back in stock!

Okay, these are actually just my notes from tracking the situation. It took 34 months to reach full production again, which is laudable considering the circumstances they were up against. Individual orders were fulfilled and received even earlier than that.

Applications and Porting / OpenShot to be available in Bookworm
« on: April 17, 2023, 11:55:47 am »
As of Debian Bookworm, it seems that openshot-qt will now be installable due to previously non-ppc64el dependency python3-openshot gaining ppc64el status. I'd been resorting to pitivi, which is okay but not as robust or as reliable. I have updated my workarounds notes to include this improvement.

Since the internal USB2.0 header is not detailed anywhere in the manual, does anybody know if there are security or other implications to using this port? For example, if flash storage were attached, it is still behind IOMMU? Does it still connect to the same Texas Instruments USB host controller?

User Zone / Re: Rough edges and how I work around them (or not)
« on: April 07, 2023, 08:59:15 am »
Now that you describe it, yes my system does the same thing. I've just trained myself into always fully powering off the system whenever I reboot. So I haven't had to deal with the issue since that is now normal operating procedure for me. So no, nothing is wrong with your particular board. I think all Blackbirds are affected.

If Raptor products ever do get support for suspend to RAM, this audio adapter disappearing is probably something that both development and users will run into. Here's a quick check against my kernel boot logs:

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1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: New USB device found, idVendor=0d8c, idProduct=0102, bcdDevice= 0.10
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: Product: USB Sound Device       
 3 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: Warning! Unlikely big volume range (=6928), cval->res is probably wrong.
 2 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: Warning! Unlikely big volume range (=8065), cval->res is probably wrong.
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: [11] FU [Line Playback Volume] ch = 2, val = -6144/1921/1
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: [15] FU [Line Capture Volume] ch = 2, val = -4096/2832/1
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: [2] FU [PCM Capture Volume] ch = 2, val = -4096/2832/1
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: [8] FU [Mic Capture Volume] ch = 2, val = -4096/2832/1
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: [9] FU [Mic Playback Volume] ch = 2, val = -6144/1921/1
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: current rate 30464 is different from the runtime rate 96000
 1 Time(s): usb 1-4.4: new full-speed USB device number 7 using xhci_hcd

If you reboot (remaining on mains power), I wonder what, or if any, output for this device is.

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