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Old 05-06-2019, 04:36 PM   #1
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Has anyone ported Slackware over for the POWER9?


I was just wondering if anyone has managed to successfully port over Slackware to run on POWER9 hardware such as the Talos II? Or, if anyone is planning on attempting it at some point?
 
Old 05-06-2019, 07:34 PM   #2
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Not that I'm aware of. There's a short thread on POWER8, but I don't know if anything came of it.
 
Old 05-11-2019, 03:42 AM   #3
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That Talos II board is a thing of beauty. I wonder how close we are to a (GL4.x, Vulkan capable) GPU without proprietary firmware. If such a thing existed, one might even be able to justify the cost of the POWER9 system.

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Old 05-18-2020, 12:39 PM   #4
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Holy necronomican

So I just got a Raptor Computing Blackbird with an 8 core Power9.

Have spent the past day setting up Debian 10 on it for a usable environment and have been using that as a bootstrap to rebuild Slackware's packages.
So far I have most of D,L,N,A, and AP disksets compiled.

Hoping once I get most of it compiled I can use those to build a usable Slackware install on a second drive that I can work with.

Thank you to Pat and everyone who make the Slackbuilds work so well.
 
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Old 05-18-2020, 12:40 PM   #5
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So I just got a Raptor Computing Blackbird with an 8 core Power9.

Have spent the past day setting up Debian 10 on it for a usable environment and have been using that as a bootstrap to rebuild Slackware's packages.
So far I have most of D,L,N,A, and AP disksets compiled.

Hoping once I get most of it compiled I can use those to build a usable Slackware install on a second drive that I can work with.

Thank you to Pat and everyone who make the Slackbuilds work so well.
Epic! Keep us posted
 
Old 05-18-2020, 08:27 PM   #6
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Wow! That's some sweet looking hardware! Someone bum me ten grand!
 
Old 05-18-2020, 08:53 PM   #7
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Definitely. My first attempt at Slackware on a Raspberry Pi used the (RPi endorsed) Debian kernel, re-packaged as for Slackware, with the remaining Slackware user-space.

I'd call it a qualified success. It didn't crash or spit out random errors. There were simply some occasional hiccups, challenges in the moment. It also served as a "proof of concept" that the Slackware ARM stuff could run on a Raspberry Pi.

More Power9 to ya! (and maybe more cowbell, too)
 
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:46 PM   #8
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I spent most of yesterday going through various Slackbuild scripts and installing dependencies on Debian to support building packages.
Kept running into an issue with makepkg not handling the symbolic links properly.
So when I installed the packages to a secondary drive for testing the links wouldn't get installed.

Well researching the makepkg script to see what I could do fix it I came across something RuarÝ ědegaard made, fmakepkg.
https://gist.github.com/ruario/9672717

Swapped that out for the real makepkg on Debian and the packages look like they're packaging without error now.

So running through a mass build script to recompile the disk sets I already built.
I'm getting closer to attempting to try booting it.
 
Old 05-19-2020, 02:08 PM   #9
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Very cool. Can I get your opinion on the Blackbird in general? What do you think of it?
 
Old 05-19-2020, 02:56 PM   #10
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In general, dang it does things quickly.

During initial Slackbuild attempts I'd kick one off in one konsole window and switch to another to check something and the package would be built and packaged before I could finish typing in the other konsole. Most packages compile fast. Only ones that really take time are things like GCC and LLVM, so far.

I'm not overly thrilled that it doesn't have a built in nvme slot.
The Blackbird won't bifurcate the PCI-E lanes, so I can only use one nvme slot on my adapter card I have.
Might try upgrading to a new one with built in switch chip so I can run multiple nvme drives later.

It fit in a microatx case I bought without much trouble.
A couple of the built in standoffs I had to cut out because the board lacked the screw holes for them.

I have it setup with a Radeon RX580 card with the opensource drivers.
Haven't done much testing on the graphics yet, but the drivers show they are loaded and should do opengl fine.

Overall I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Its almost exactly what I'd hoped, a POWER 9 in ATX format.

It fun kicking off Slackbuilds and watching the 32 threads dance around in htop.
 
Old 05-19-2020, 03:41 PM   #11
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It's fun kicking off Slackbuilds and watching the 32 threads dance around in htop.
Is it ok if I use this line at my next LUG meeting? I've got a crush on someone there...

cheers,
 
Old 05-19-2020, 04:13 PM   #12
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Is it ok if I use this line at my next LUG meeting? I've got a crush on someone there...

I provide it under a license of free to use how ever you may.
 
Old 05-28-2020, 10:06 AM   #13
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An Update

Did you know, there are at least a half dozen SlackBuilds that when used to compile on Debian will break Debian's packages?
Some of the SlackBuilds will autoupgrade currently installed packages, which isn't much of a problem on Debian.
Some will delete files, which is a problem.
Some attempt to remove packages and then install themselves at the end, which breaks Debian's thought processes.

I am on my 7th, I think, reinstall of Debian in the past week.

However! I do have a fairly stable chroot where everything behaves as Slackware does.
I have most of the D, L, A, AP, N, K, and T disksets rebuilt, multiple times, and installed.

There are some stragglers I'm working on sorting out.

A big annoyance is Texlive.
It appears the version of LuaJIT that it ships with considers PowerPC64LE to be unsupported and will not compile.
There are patches the LuaJIT team have been testing to add support.
I am working to get a fork of it called MoonJIT, which has support patched in already, to compile.

It almost worked, but I ran into a conflicting types error that I'm currently looking at sorting out.

I have enough of it built that I might try booting directly into Slackware instead of bootstrapping through Debian.
 
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Old 05-28-2020, 11:18 AM   #14
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https://www.adelielinux.org/
Not yet released, but RC1 stage...check out their tweets on twitter
They say they are power first
The RC1 working fine on Blackbird mobo

I downloaded the x86_64 and tried...Ok...only Libre software...OpenRC, S6 init..
 
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