Busy, busy, busy

Ah yes, my neglected Gentoo blog. Probably should update that once in a while, so here it goes.

I’ve been busy with a new university project, but the best part is that I get to work with a dual Cell blade. The PPU/SPU combination is really an interesting platform. It’s an amazing DSP and it runs Linux pretty well too. 🙂 If you’re up for a challenge, programming for the SPUs is quite a bit of fun and pretty affordable with the PS3.

In BCM43xx news, we’re getting closer to figuring out the LO issues. There’s one major bug remaining that basically turns down the TX power, but it’s proven to be extremely elusive so far, but hopefully we’ll track it down soon. I’ve also started writing specifications for the draft-n cards that Broadcom has released. These have much more hardware control than the older cards and as such, the specifications will not require as much work to write. Hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll have that finished, especially now that the mac80211 stack has gotten the first patches for draft-n support in the stack. Hopefully we’ll get full support sooner in the lifecycle of the chipset rather than later this time around.

In Mac-On-Linux news, I’ve added support for SDL sound. It uses a bit more CPU, but it is a whole lot less “skippy” than the old sound drivers. It still needs some tweaking, but things seem to work pretty well. Right now, I’m working on writing a new SDL video driver. Once these are finished, a real MacOSX port should be viable again. 🙂 Also, Nathan Smith (our newest PPC AT) is working on a menuing system for easy management of Mac-On-Linux VMs, which is greatly appreciated!

As for Gentoo, I haven’t found too much time for bugs lately, only a few here and there. I really need to get back into having a personal “Bug Day” every other weekend just so I can catch up and get things done. Or maybe I shouldn’t be blogging and should get back to work. 😉