Trisquel on POWER8

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BugRep
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Iscritto: 04/05/2012

It seems like there will be a crowd funding campaign soon for Talos Secure Workstation from Raptor Engineering. It uses IBM POWER8 architecture. The interesting thing is that Trisquel is mentioned on the Supported Operating Systems list on the current crowd funding project page. Will Trisquel 8 run on POWER8?

https://www.crowdsupply.com/raptorcs/talos

Some additional links:
https://www.raptorengineering.com/TALOS/prerelease.php
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=talos-workstation

jxself
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Iscritto: 09/13/2010

It's "planned for Trisquel 8", as the website says.

Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

I do not believe supporting the POWER architecture is a priority in Trisquel's development (supporting ARM looks more useful for the general public), i.e., I guess (and only *guess)* that somebody behind the Talos Secure Workstation plans to do the work to make Trisquel 8 support the POWER architecture (that Ubuntu, Trisquel's base, supports). In this way, the workstation will really be "secure" (proprietary software cannot be rationally trusted). Also, thanks to that work, the workstation, with Trisquel pre-installed, will probably get the RYF certification: https://fsf.org/ryf

Having Trisquel 8 supporting the POWER architecture is good news of course. However, not many users will be able to afford a US$ 5,300 workstation (for the mainboard + "an entry-level 8-core 130W POWER8 CPU") nor have the use for the horse power it will provide: https://www.raptorengineering.com/TALOS/prerelease.php

jxself
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Iscritto: 09/13/2010

"not many users will be able to afford a US$ 5,300 workstation"

Yeah, POWER is seriously expensive! They'll go up to 10 or 20 times that price.

vita_cell
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Iscritto: 07/19/2015

PowerPC computers, and Workstations, were and are very expensive.

jxself
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Iscritto: 09/13/2010

I don't mean PowerPC. The POWER in this thread should not be confused with PowerPC. That is a modified version of the POWER architecture from the 1990s. :)