Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 288 from 2015/6/18
[...] And since more and more open source projects are dropping big endian and 32 bit, porting the good stuff will just become more and more difficult from now on.
Not necessarily. My impression is since the Retro Wave
swept over to the PPC-Macs being retro now, there seems more activity than the years before. Firefox (65) re-gained BE and ppc64 support (klick
) to the point it actually runs on real hardware, though it is crashy still. If it's true what I heard on the Talos IRC channel the Moz-Foundation even got access to one box at RaptorCSwhere they can test their stuff explicitely on ppc/BE. For Chromium also ppc patches are getting in (klick
), though LE and the project is much less cooperative than Mozilla. And there is ArcticFox, a browser port to specifically support ppc/ppc64 BE (klick
). Also most open source projects I filed upstream ppc/ppc64 bugreports (tigervnc, crypto++, freerdp, ...) were responsive and had interest to fix their ppc/ppc64 bugs, be it BE or not.
32bit support will not be dropped from projects easily because of ARM/Raspberry Pi.
What is being dropped is 32bit/x86 from major Linux Distros.
Of course I understand your arguments. Multicore support and OS-support for > 2 GiB RAM surely will help browser & web experience. And not that I am telling you ppc/be future looks bright, but it's just that IMO it looks better than 2-3 years before.Quote:
I don't care if it's x86, ARM, the Raspberry Pi or whatever as long as it's 64 bit, will be supported for a long time and doesn't cost an arm and a leg (like the POWER8 and 9).
Come on, you are an Amiga user and accustomed to expensive custom hardware.
You may be spoiled by MorphOS where you can get an el-cheapo PPC-Mac to run the latest version of the OS.
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