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Operating Systems and Porting / [NEWS] Fedora 35 is out folks
« on: November 03, 2021, 04:57:33 am »

I don’t expect the GNOME Shell would be smooth. It’s been sluggish since GNOME 40.

So if you are using Buildkite CI/CD now, chances are you might have heard of the awesome monorepo-diff-buildkite-plugin.

This plugin helps detect changes to filesystems then trigger specified pipelines. I have been using this plugin at work for months and realise it does not support linux-ppc64le agent. So here we go after a Pull Request, the support is in

Been following up with upstream progress on supporting ppc64le

Once the MR is completed, this would no doubt make life easier for devs to host gitlab pipeline on linux/ppc64le

It is more convenient for ppc64le linux users who want to use this CLI to publish release


Operating Systems and Porting / [NEWS] Debian 11 is out
« on: August 14, 2021, 07:31:36 pm »
For more details, check release notes:

This proposal is getting very old and no action has been done to roll this work forward. Wondering if anyone have more context on the delay?

Applications and Porting / [APP] CPUFetch now support POWER-based CPUs
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:17:57 pm »
Great thanks to the author for adding support for POWER-based CPUs. You could download and compile the program from GitHub

Fedora COPR was doing migration to new datacenter last year. The move's seems to be progressing well.

From what I know, some POWER8 machines are now back online


That means we could now build custom RPMs for Fedora with COPR again

Operating Systems and Porting / [NEWS] OpenBSD 6.9 is out
« on: May 03, 2021, 01:02:46 am »
Lots of of love for powerpc64

Applications and Porting / [NEWS] QEMU 6.0 is out
« on: April 30, 2021, 05:32:41 am »

The 2 changes related to BMC is interesting

User Zone / How to get toolbox CLI running on Fedora
« on: April 29, 2021, 06:06:26 am »
Toolbox is a great tooling to create development containerised dev environment. I have been using this tool on x86_64 for 2 years at work.

With ppc64le, Fedora Infrastructure team does not support PPC64LE so users
have to build the base image manually:

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git clone
cd toolbox/images/fedora/f34
podman build . -t fedora-toolbox:34

Once done you could specify the image in toolbox command:

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toolbox create --image fedora-toolbox:34
toolbox enter

Operating Systems and Porting / [NEWS] Fedora 34 is out!
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:55:32 am »
More info at

I have upgrade my Blackbird (with AMD R9 Nano GPU) from F33 to F34 successfully.

Everything works as expected though the animation of gnome-shell is sluggish.

Operating Systems and Porting / [NEWS] FreeBSD 13 is out
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:25:25 pm »
Release notes:

Note able changes that are related to POWER:
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All powerpc architectures switched to LLVM and are currently mostly similar to amd64 toolchain-wise. 678da4a27447

powerpc (32-bit) switched to Secure-PLT. e861dab45186

powerpc64le (64-bit little endian port) was introduced, targeting POWER8 and newer processors. b75abea4d087

Radix MMU support for powerpc64 and powerpc64le (experimental, disabled by default). 65bbba25d214

Superpages support for powerpc64 and powerpc64le (experimental, disabled by default). e2d6c417e303

LinuxKPI support. 937a05ba81c3

Support QEMU/KVM pseries without hugepages. b934fc74683b

Support for handling kernel minidumps. d3c34fc0f473

Optimized memcpy, memmove, bcopy, strncpy and strcpy. e16c18650cdc, 181e35008cfb, 075fb85f0904

XIVE interrupt controller driver for POWER9, which improves performance by about 10%. d49fc192c141

Converting pmap drivers to ifunc improved performance by about 20%. 45b69dd63

Plenty of stability fixes, which fix many kernel panics.

Plenty of other performance improvements - performance during bulk -a package building is at least 60% higher.

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