Subject: Re: IBM Z50 and NetBSD 3.0 notes
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bernd Sieker <email@example.com>
Date: 03/02/2006 08:26:24
On 01.03.06, 16:06:18, Brian Asemi wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >Here's my experience with NetBSD/hpcmips 3.0 on the IBM Z50. There are a
> >few packages here too. (Dillo, NcFtp, Links-GUI)
> Great site, djb. How does X run on the Z50? What about Dillo?
> Links-gui ran very slow (took about 5 minutes to start up) on my
links-gui is ok speed-wise, once it started. The problem is that
it pre-renders the fonts using FPU instructions, which have to be
emulated, so it creates (iirc) around 130,000 CPU traps per second!
during startup (which takes around 7 minutes on the z50). The Right
Thing would be to modify the source to make it use fixed point
arithmetic. Or to have it cache the pre-rendered fonts on disk
dillo sometimes exhibits a very strange problem, (at least on 1.6),
in that it puts the Xserver into a curious state, where keyboard
input is only processed when the mouse is moved. This bizarre
behaviour remains after dillo is stopped. Other than that it's very
> MobilePro, and the CPU is faster than the Z50's.
> The battery life on the Z50 is very enticing, I might pick one up some
the 16 hours battery life is really upper limit, and only achieved
with the optional double-capacity battery, without using WLAN, and
with the display brightness turned down. 10 to 12h is quite realistic.
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