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PowerPC is a RISC CPU architecture used mostly in servers and embedded systems.

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How would one build a working Linux volume for a 32-bit PowerPC headless platform using a non-PPC host?

Is there a tool similar to debootstrap for a recent Linux distribution that supports PPC so I could build a working system or have an automated process to cross-compile a base install?
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Debian 8.10.0 installation on PowerPC can't use CD-ROM

So, I'm having an old PowerPC based IBM server, RS/6000 F50- that I'd like to get running simply for my own fun and hobby. There are several different OSes that can be installed on it and I was going ...
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What's wrong with my configuration for network install of Opensuse on ppc64?

I want to try to install an opensuse tumbleweed on ppc64. I have a server with dhcp and tftp, I have configured it vim /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf allow bootp; host ibmlinux { hardware ethernet ***; fixed-...
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No way to boot from network on old IBM 9111-285?

I have an old IBM 9111-285 with AIX 7.1 Consider that Aix 7.2 don't boot on oldest ppc cpu's (this is a power5!) and Aix 7.1 is near EOL as I know I want to install Linux on it. Actually I have those &...
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What sets little endian state when launching a ppc64le Linux kernel on POWER CPU?

I've been doing some research on ppc64le Linux and am unclear on how the POWER CPU is set to little endian. As I understand it the machine and CPU state will run as big endian by default in firmware. ...
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Why does AIX on Power require that the svc instruction must be preceded by an unconditional branch or a CR instruction?

The IBM AIX Documentation for the svc (Supervisor Call) instruction has a note that states To ensure correct operation, an svc instruction must be preceded by an unconditional branch or a CR ...
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Mapping Segment of Guest RAM to host file, in PPC QEMU

My desire is conceptually simple, I have a file (really a PCIe resource file from /sys/bus/pci/device/.... but that isn't too relevant) on the host that I want to make available somewhere in guest ...
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Restore Void Linux Install after breaking it by updating after 18 months

I have an old Apple PowerBook on which I dual boot Void Linux and Mac OSX Leopard. I had some hardware problems around July 2021 and it took until now for me to get it fixed. When I got it working ...
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Cross-compile Linux-PAM: both pam.d and pam.conf are missing

I am trying to cross-compile Linux-PAM from a Ubuntu host machine to powerpc architecture (running linux kernel 2.6.34). First, I run ./configure command, giving the --host path to the cross compiler ...
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Debian, apt-get: how do I ignore NO_PUBKEY for good? [duplicate]

I have a qemu in which I have debian-10.0-powerpc-NETINST-1 plus sid as package source. I need powerpc to as a reference big endian architecture (maybe there's something easier?) My problem is that ...
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How to "invalidate" or "flush" a range of cpu cache in powerpc architecutre?

I am working with an embedded device which communicates with my PowerPC CPU via PCIe. Due to the SDK constraints i have to use linux kernel version 4.1.8. This version doesn't have functions related ...
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Distro to install on a PowerPC G4 after Debian dropped 32-bit PPC support

Debian dropped support for my PowerPC CPU. For this reason my security updates are now no longer granted and I am clearly not happy about that. Is there any distro out there that supports PowerPC ...
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What are the Hardware requirement for Debian Linux Kernel 3.16 for PPC architecture? [closed]

We have an Embedded System which is running on Debian Linux Kernel 2.6-2.6 [PowerPC Architecture]. Would like to upgrade the Kernel to 3.16. What are Hardware Requirements?
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Remove startup (boing) sound in PowerPC Mac Mini G4

I would like to remove the startup sound of my Mac Mini G4 (PowerPC). I know this is possible if I boot from a MacOSX system, however I reformatted my system from the original MacOSX for ppc with a ...
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Is AIX/Power safe from Spectre / Meltdown?

Since Intel, AMD and ARM is affected by the Spectre and Meltdown cpu kernel memory leak bugs/flaws, could we say that Power architecture is safe from these?
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Problems booting uncompressed linux kernel on PPC

I'm trying to get a newer linux kernel to boot on a PPC embedded linux device using U-Boot, but it won't boot the kernel. My bootable kernel image builds, and is being network booted by U-Boot. The ...
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How to determine CPU features on PowerPC and Power 8 (and above)?

We can examine /proc/cpuinfo on Intel and ARM machines to learn cpu features, like AES and SHA. I need to do the same for PowerPC under both AIX and Linux. Testing with Linux is shown below. The ...
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How can I build and install a package and it's dependencies from source using apt?

I am restoring an old iMac G5 which still uses a powerpc processor. Unfortunately, Debian Jessie was the last version of Debian to support Powerpc7. I would like some of the new Stretch packages. I ...
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Is CentOS PPC64 supported by Freescale T2080 RDB?

I am working on Freescale T2080 RDB. I got CentOS for PPC64 architecture from this link. I made a bootable SD card with the CentOS minimal ISO using the following command: dd bs=4M if=CentOS-7-...
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How do I install powerpc-405-linux-gnu-gcc?

On a C project at work, make builds for various targets, one of them apparently being powerpc-405. The build for that specific target fails because I don't have the toolchain installed. make[7]: /opt/...
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Hardware acceleration on Debian 8 ppc with Mobility Radeon 9600

I recently install Debian 8 with LXDE on my 2005 Powerbook 15" 1.67GHz with a Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO Turbo graphics card. 0000:00:10.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/...
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After installing CentOS and rebooting, cannot see new boot entry

I am trying to install CentOS 7.3 bare-metal on a ppc64le machine. After completing the installation process using vncviewer, the last screen says the installation is completed and to reboot the ...
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Cannot run CentOS 7 or RHEL 7 installer: "Failed to start Switch Root"

I am trying to install CentOS 7.2 on a ppc64le machine. I downloaded the iso from the CentOS site used the dd command to make a bootable USB. When selecting the install option from the boot menu I ...
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How to enable Tap to click on MATE desktop (Debian 8.7 powerpc)

Using advice from this forum, I got tap to click working in LXDE on my Powerbook G4 running Debian 8.7. I have since been experimenting with the MATE desktop, how do I get tap to click working in MATE?...
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Screen Freeze after installing firmware-linux-nonfree

I installed firmware-linux-nonfree on my 15" Powerbook G4 running Debian 8.7. The idea was to enable hardware acceleration to improve the graphics performance. I added the append="radeon.agpmode=-...
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Activate tap to click on touchpad?

I am using Debian 8.6 LXDE on a Powerbook G4 15" 1.67GHz and would like to enable tap to click on the touchpad. It is already double scrolling but tap to click would help to save the ageing mouse ...
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How can I get sound working on my Powerbook G4 15" running Debian 8.6?

I have recently switched from Ubuntu 12.04 to Debian 8 as support for 12.04 is about to run out. I tried Lubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and Lubuntu 16.04 but couldn't get any of them to run in live ...
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Running Application Automatiacally

I am using MPC8323E-RDB development board for Embedded-Linux development for applications. Here, I want to run my application automatically upon boot-up. I tested by changing /etc/inittab file, but ...
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Syslog forwarding to Rsyslog

I was wondering if anyone was familiar with the process of forwarding all log files from a PPC Gnu/Linux using syslog (installing rsyslog is not an option) to a x86_64 GNU/Linux running Rsyslog. I ...
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How do I use the color palette (FBIOPUTCMAP)?

I am trying to track down the following issue in Debian Jessie on PowerPC. Per bogl-bterm package maintainer the issue is simply that bterm makes uses of FBIOPUTCMAP, see ref here. So before even ...
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Automatically enter SSH password without using SSH Key, 'expect', 'sshpass' or Python

I have small device that starts up a tiny VM of PowerPC linux that I need to SSH into from a script on a tiny version of Yocto linux. The PowerPC VM SSH passwords stay the same, but it resets most of ...
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Power 7/8 - LPAR has null desired_proc and desired_mem

I am querying the HMC via commands to get the memory and cpu of the logical partitions. I am using the command lssyscfg. For many lpars which are in Running or Not Activated status, the command ...
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Create a bootable Debian USB stick for PowerPC from Windows

I recently installed an SSD into my iBook G4, and I'm gonna try to put Debian 8.2.0 on it via USB stick. I know to how to trick Open Firmware into booting from USB, however, I need to create my USB ...
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configure: error: libarchive not found

When cross compiling I get: checking whether the /home/ekhnshr/epb2/jenkbuild/toolchain/bin/powerpc-linux-gnu-g++ linker (/home/ekhnshr/epb2/jenkbuild/toolchain/bin/powerpc-linux-gnu-ld) supports ...
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Shared library load mem address region is architecture dependent?

I see that on x86, in a process's VM, shared libraries are loaded between heap and stack, i.e. the mmap area as noted in most of the online articles. But on a PowerPC linux box, I see that all ...
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Random pieces of ancient hardware not working together (Mac G5, Sun network adapter)

This is probably some kind of weird esoteric hardware combination but it's not why I did it. It's just what I had lying around. I have a 2x 2ghz Mac G5 and I can't really bring myself to part with it ...
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Can someone point me to gentoo for powermac g5 quad?

I am unsure which download is most useful.
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Will a remastered debian for powerpc still be in the powerpc architecture?

I would like to know because I am going to use a power pc mac g5 for making my distribution. I also need to know if it makes my remaster the powerpc architecture and how to change it to 32 or 64-bit ...
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How to check whether my AIX is PPC OR PPC64?

My AIX machine is currently running on 6.1 OS. I would like to know whether it is on PPC OR PPC64, Is there any command other than arch which gives the information about PPC ?
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Boot to non bootable disk using Openfirmware

I tried to virtualize (VIOS partition) Debian 7.8 on IBM 9133-55A (powerpc) server. For some reason both yaboot and grub failed to install on the virtual hard disk. Now I want to start the kernel ...
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Configure power button to shutdown on Debian/Mac Mini G4

I use Debian/PPC on an old Mac Mini G4, it currently serve as a DLNA server (UPnP), no mouse or keyboard plugged. I would like that my power button also serves to shutdown the box. Currently it does ...
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Debian PowerPC Linux installation on IBM IntelliStation POWER 285 9111 fails on yaboot

I'm trying to install Debian Wheezy here. I have two hard drives. One is running AIX well. I'm trying to get Linux to run from the other one. The installer boots fine. Automatic partition creates a ˜...
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AIX Memory Limits

I cannot find these numbers anywhere on the IBM Web site or even random blogs that Google finds. Questions What is the maximum physical memory size a POWER7 CPU supports? What is the maximum ...
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Difference between AIX and other Unix flavours [duplicate]

I am learning AIX 6-7 for practice, is there any alternative unix flavour which could be quite similar to AIX which could be run on a VMWare or Virtualbox for practice? Also, if there is any ...
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Does NetBSD supports ppc64?

Searching for ppc64 on NetBSD's website: site:www.netbsd.org "ppc64" didn't returned any good hits.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ppc64 My question: Does NetBSD supports the ppc64 architecture?...
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How to add Flash support on a PowerPC debian

I have a PowerBook G4 running Debian. I followed the instructions from the debian wiki but for installation, it just said Install flashplugin-nonfree (from section contrib). I was not sure what ...
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Waking an Ibook G4 (powerpc) running Debian Linux from suspend based on timer

I have recently received an Ibook G4 from a friend. I plan to use it as a server and have installed Debian Wheezy (7.0.0, release version) on it. However, I would like to suspend it at some points ...
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What distro for my PowerBook G4? [closed]

I've got an old PowerBook G4 with a 1333 MHz CPU and 1.25 GB RAM. What are some good distro to use? I tried Yellow Dog and Fedora (which didn't work), but I would prefer something more Debian-like, ...
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How much success can I expect with Qemu On PowerPC Linux?

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 for PowerPC and I installed Qemu just for kicks, having experience using it in the past to build an iso for an arm tablet, and upon doing a search I found this installed on my ...
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Configuring Yaboot and Debian to Boot into a Command Line Login Shell?

I have a Debian Squeeze variant (MintPPC 9) installed on an old Mac Powerbook G4 (PowerPC CPU). I wish to boot it into a multiuser CLI login shell instead of automatically booting into the login ...
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