Canonical forgets to i386, shoving Linux onto a C64, kernel 5.6 brings the rumble, and the low-cost Zima SBC with bonus PCIe hole.
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08:56 Ubuntu i386 won’t die
14:58 Linux kernel 6.5
18:28 Linux on the C64
24:14 X86 Zimaboard with PCIe
- Wow, because of issues with Steam on Ubuntu I always install the Valve Steam .deb and not the one in the Ubuntu repositories.
- There are issues with System76’s Pop!_OS Steam client in the Pop!_Shop also with the 32-bit drivers and they recommend installing Valve’s instead.
- And everytime I install the Valve .deb the i386 drivers get installed.
- Back in June of 2019 Ubuntu attempted to do something rather bold.
- That something was dropping all 32-bit support beginning with the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 release.
- RIP WINE & gaming.
- Even though Canonical reversed course a few weeks later, Steam announced that it would not support future Ubuntu releases.
- One of the many reasons the Steam Deck is running Arch.
- Someone forgot to add 32-bit support to the image on the new Flutter-based installer.
- Install the official Steam *.deb.
Linux Kernel 6.5
- Linux creator Linus Torvalds released Linux Kernel 6.5, and it has some very important new features.
- Debugpoint.com states, “For users of high-core count Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and high end desktop processors, this release is bringing parallel CPU boot support aimed at significantly reducing kernel boot times.”
- This feature will greatly benefit large core count servers, enabling faster boot times.
- There is complete MIDI 2.0 support, the widely-used MIDI protocol for musical devices, in Linux Kernel 6.5.
- Including notable enhancements such as higher resolution, improved articulation, and the Universal MIDI Packet for streamlined transmission of multiple MIDI messages.
- The kernel now defaults to using the AMD P-State EPP driver, so users with AMD Ryzen Zen 2 or newer should expect performance gains and improved power efficiency with Kernel 6.5.
- The EXT4 file-system gains faster parallel direct I/O overwrites, Btrfs gets various misc performance improvements, and there is an assortment of fixes to the Paragon NTFS3 driver.
- And for Microsoft Xbox controller users on Linux, there are tactile enhancements here as more controllers support rumble in Linux kernel 6.5.
- And for those who are using an ASUS ROG Ally, sound issues are resolved in 6.5.
- Oooh, and one of my favorites, AMD FreeSync now enabled by default.
- I use FreeSync enabled monitors for all my AMD GPUs.
- The “can it run linux” joke used to apply to the C64. No longer.
- Onno Kortman has taken semu, a minimal RISC-V emulator, and cross-compiled it with llvm-mos, an LLVM port to the MOS 6502 processor, in order to run Linux on the Commodore 64.
- My first thought was “surely this will not fit in 64k of ram!”. And it doesn’t. It requires a 16MB REU.
- This isn’t Linux running on C64 per se. This is C64 emulating a RISC-V environment on which Linux runs.
- Also, it would take about a week to boot on real hardware.
- Yeah, 6502 is very poorly suited to C-style code.
- Oh, now this is exciting news!
- I bet it would run on my Commodore 128 as well.
- LUnix, or “Little Unix”, is a Unix-like operating system developed for the C64 and C128.
- That is the closest we have gotten to a Linux C64 port until now!
- I was in Junior High when the C64 was introduced in early 1982.
- My family bought it at Toys R Us, and I still have it in my vintage computer collection :-)
Slice of Pi
- Anyone want a glass of Zima?
- If you do, you’re going to need an oddly shaped glass.
- The idea of ZimaBoard came from a robot character from the HBO TV episode “Love Death and Robots”.
- X86 in dual and quad-core options with 2 to 8 GB of RAM.
- 2X LAN / 2X SATA.
- And the odd option, an external PCIe hole.
- At full tilt this critter only consumes 10 W.
- Really considering ordering a 2gig model for testing.
- This is an awesome alternative to the Raspberry Pi, Zimaboard.
- “The Zimaboard is a low-cost single board server for makers and geeks” states the manufacturer’s website.
- But the big news here is that the Zimaboard is an Intel x86 quad-core single board computer instead of the RasPi’s ARM SBC.
- It has a unique and stylish design, with its upper side consisting almost entirely of metal cooling fins for passive cooling.
- And it has an PCIe slot that protrudes on its side.
- At the bottom, there is a partially transparent plastic, or black tinted Plexiglas.
- There are only 4 small black Phillips screws on the bottom, which also makes the board easy to open.
- The Zimaboard has a gray design with orange accents, and the “Zimaboard” lettering is also in orange on the top and bottom of the unit.
- Next to the PCIe slot is an I/O panel where there are contacts that can be soldered for further connections, such as power, switches and LEDs.
- There are 3 Zimaboard models available ranging from $119-199 from dual-core to quad-core.