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Applications and Porting / Re: How to build Barony Game
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:20:58 pm »
Very much. I only go out of my way to build from source is a game is particularly interesting.

Applications and Porting / How to build Barony Game
« on: June 13, 2021, 03:05:15 pm »
I have finally gotten around to building Barony from source. No changes need to be made as it builds and runs just fine on Power. However, the instructions are a little incomplete, so I thought I would share here for the other 3 people on Earth who play this and also use PowerPC.

Adapted from their resources:

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apt install libsdl2-dev libsdl2-image-dev libsdl2-net-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev libpng-dev libz-dev libphysfs-dev rapidjson-dev

git clone

mkdir build && cd build

The OpenAL bit is important, otherwise it will have no sound.

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cd ../

make -j 4

Should create barony: ELF 64-bit LSB pie executable, 64-bit PowerPC or cisco 7500, version 1 (GNU/Linux), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib64/, for GNU/Linux 3.10.0, BuildID[sha1]=3923290b782f5cac6359a315534a6b79471522ee, not stripped

Next, pull in the game resources:

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From your copy of Barony, the following asset directories will need to be copied into the same directory as the barony executable; books, images, items, maps, models, music, sound.

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./barony to play

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: Ubuntu anomalies on Power
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:40:21 pm »
Just taking an uneducated guess but try disabling the Firefox apparmor profile.

I fired up one of my old Blender projects just to test things out. All seems to be working. It sounds like you've already gotten things taken care of although my first guess would have been that your display card has not had the firmware loaded.

Applications and Porting / Re: [GAMES] ET Legacy v2.77
« on: March 08, 2021, 08:36:23 pm »
Tagging to remind myself to build this.

Are there enough players to hold matches without connecting to x86_64 servers?

User Zone / Re: Rough edges and how I work around them (or not)
« on: January 27, 2021, 06:57:15 am »

ffmpeg botches gif creation when using palattes - standard (ugly) gif creation with ffmpeg is fine however
   same exact config + script works okay on x86

Can you please see if this is fixed by this update?

Please confirm the ffmpeg version you are using

I will tag this to check. I am currently on ffmpeg 4.1.6.

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: risks associated with Xorg / Wayland
« on: January 03, 2021, 10:56:34 am »
I have been running Wayland on my Blackbird since the day I got it. There are issues, but nothing that is unique to POWER. In order to record the screen, I have to log out into an Xorg session. While Synaptic and GUFW do not run under Wayland without some modifications for which I have written guides.

Blackbird / Re: mainboards on backorder
« on: December 25, 2020, 01:27:42 pm »
It has me regretting not grabbing a second board before they sold out last summer. I need a solid testbed before Debian releases another stable.

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: [NEWS] Debian
« on: December 25, 2020, 01:24:57 pm »
Navi 10 is newer than the latest Debian stable, right? It is possible that the firmware is not yet present in firmware-amd-graphics.

You might need to also install the backport for it until you move to Bullseye
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firmware-amd-graphics/buster-backports 20200918-1~bpo10+1

I just came across a piece describing how Microsoft, in partnership with AMD, Intel and Qualcom, intends to implement another "security" component on CPUs which goes a step further than management engines and TPMs. Essentially they want the chip to be able to pull in firmware updates through Windows update, further centralizing the MS power structure and placing users in a position where if they want to run a non-Windows OS the device must first be allowed by permission of its true master.

An architecture should never have to support various operating systems, the onus must fall on operating systems to support CPU architectures. I feel like I've stepped into the bizzaro universe.

General OpenPOWER Discussion / Re: News?
« on: November 15, 2020, 04:58:40 pm »
Raptor don't wait for orders. A new batch of Blackbird mainboards is on the way.

Thanks. I already placed an order for a 2nd board, since right now I am not in a position experiment on my flagship and all of my X86 systems are currently tied up with distributed computing projects.

@vikings.thum My first choice would be a BlackBird but ... will they be available in a near future?

You can place orders without having to pay immediately. I don't know if there is any kind of time limit, but I'd imagine one can order now and then pay once they have become available again.

Applications and Porting / Re: Firefox 78 / WebRTC regression
« on: November 15, 2020, 04:28:24 pm »
I'm one of the crazies who disable WebRTC entirely so I wouldn't be able to say either way. FF78 has been working fine as far as I can see.

Applications and Porting / Re: Python GUI for ppc64 (Fedora 32)
« on: October 08, 2020, 06:41:46 pm »
The tk module? Or OP might be referring to the IDEs. Does Fedora not package idle-python for POWER?

Looking forward to it. SimpleScreenRecorder has been just barely enough to get by, so my more complicated projects have been in a sort of limbo.

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