[Openmcl-devel] PowerPC port

Gary Byers gb at clozure.com
Fri Dec 9 16:40:01 PST 2011

Thanks; I hadn't thought that there might be some PPC-based NASes around
and it hadn't occurred to me to look.

The APM82121 seems to use a 32-bit POWER 464 core, so it's not a full
replacement for the aging and failing G5s that we've been using.

As you say, the WD NASes -are- cheap (apparently as little as $160)
and might last longer than a used Mac would, and even a 32-bit-only
solution might have some "keep us honest" value.

On Fri, 9 Dec 2011, Brian Mastenbrook wrote:

> On Dec 9, 2011, at 5:55 PM, R. Matthew Emerson wrote:
>> There is new hardware available:  for example, IBM sells
>> new Power7-based systems for as low $6000, but paying that
>> to maintain a port that hardly anyone uses, just to "keep
>> us honest", doesn't make a lot of sense.
> I don't have a good argument for keeping the PPC port alive, but if you're interested in a less expensive hardware option, there's a Western Digital home NAS product called MyBook Live based around the APM82181 @ 800MHz with 256MB of RAM. It seems to be fairly easy to install arbitrary Debian packages on it:
> http://mybookworld.wikidot.com/mybook-live
> However, it might be a bit slow for your purposes. Still, at this price you could buy a few and still spend much less than a used Mac.
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