It’s time to More Choices!
The last powerpc notebook was produced from Apple at the end of 2005 with a powerpc Freescale cpu MPC447A
In the august 2004 Freescale was planning a new powerful powerpc 64bit/32bit processor for new Apple powerpc notebooks, and in fact Freescale have continued in its plans, although not exactly as predicted in 2004 ; anyway from 2005 to nowadays Freescale have produced many 64bit/32 bit powerpc multi-core, multi tread processors.
Freescale now produce many type of multi-core, multi-tread ( some with an enhanced AltiVec technology) PowerPC 64bit processors, below the actual models that have 28nm building process and they have in the roadmap 18nm new PowerPC processors before 2016 .There was false rumors about a possible discontinued PowerPC in favor of ARM architecture; Freescale engineers and the linked documents confirm the Freescale invest strongly in PowerPC processors.
Apple switch to x86 architecture was for commercial reason, was to penetrate into the PC sector that was dominated from Intel and Windows, even if they motivate the move for energy efficiency reasons. It’s very funny and untrue reason that the switch was for energy efficiency, because RISC architectures ( like powerpc, arm and mips) are less energy hungry than CISC processors like x86.
The game are changed, now gnu/linux is everywhere and even non x86 architectures are everywhere, what’s more this year is the year in which are coming back the days of home brew, DIY computer, this time even in mobile filed, without Windows and without x86 cpus. On mobile field we mention these important projects: Novena laptop , Pi-Top and even CaseTop of Livi Design .
Now we are ready to switch to gnu/linux powerpc notebooks, and really we want to join together passionate peoples that want to make happen a new open source powerpc notebook will be produced soon.
We are preparing a powerful, upgradable, powerpc gnu/linux notebook.
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