Hello, Am 24.04.2010 um 20:52 schrieb Philippe Ferrucci:
I would like to offer the opportunity to give Haiku more visibility in today computing market.I am looking for someone to port Haiku to this PowerPC machine: http://www.acube-systems.biz/index.php?page=hardware&pid=2 And I'm willing to pay for such job! :-)I know that some work have been done to port Haiku to PPC MACs so I hope porting to this motherboard will not be too difficult.
I'm not taking either, though I'm one of those occasionally working on the ppc Mac port. I guess that anyone considering your offer will need a little more information on what's involved.
For instance, am I understanding correctly that the board does not feature an IEEE 1275 Open Firmware ? It mentions UBoot  instead. So it needs a completely new boot loader, duplicating the existing unfinished efforts?
Is the 440ep a single-core CPU? I saw an 8-core e500ec  at Embedded World and thought it would be interesting, but the pricing made that much less so. ;)
Seriously, the problems we're facing are occasional kernel load failures  as well as MMU problems at various boot stages [5, 6]. And QEMU w/OpenBIOS has been unable to emulate it. Nor is there any graphics support yet that I'm aware of.
But I don't want to discourage anyone, these challenges are definitely solvable since Linux runs on both Macs and 440 boards. :) There's even a KVM for 440 , so it may be virtualizable.
Regards, Andreas  http://www.openfirmware.info/  http://www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot  http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=P4080  http://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/1048#comment:7  http://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/5164  http://dev.haiku-os.org/ticket/5193  http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/PowerPC