Not-an-iPad-review

I ordered an iPad Air (again) on Sunday and picked it up on Monday. So far, it’s quite good, with the Apple Pencil being the killer feature of the device. Scribble is what makes it shine, and what i’m writing this blog post with. It allows to just write text anywhere with the pencil to… Continue reading Not-an-iPad-review

Open source rhetoric? or FUD?

I’ve been reading this blog post. (titled “Heads up: Microsoft repo secretly installed on all Raspberry Pi’s Linux OS”) The headline by itself already sets the tone for what’s next in the article. First, repositories added by default in the OS are not considered as “secret”. I’ll however give a pass to that headline as… Continue reading Open source rhetoric? or FUD?

Notes on the new XNU source release

Yet another one… and this time in buildable form on Apple M1 devices. (tarball at https://opensource.apple.com/tarballs/xnu/xnu-7195.81.3.tar.gz) What are the Apple CPU extensions not supported though on the OSS codebase? Turns out that the answer is almost all of them. A non exhaustive list: APRR (was explicitly removed for this release): permission removal mechanism, notably used… Continue reading Notes on the new XNU source release

(Notes on) Apple Silicon Macs

Apple Silicon Macs are general-purpose computers running macOS out of the box, with Apple not providing official support for 3rd-party operating systems. However, Apple doesn’t block that from happening in any way. It’s just run-of-the-mill undocumented hardware, with firmware preloaded so that we don’t have to deal with it. (except for 3rd-party silicon, such as… Continue reading (Notes on) Apple Silicon Macs

New XNU source release

A new XNU release appeared at: https://opensource.apple.com/tarballs/xnu/xnu-7195.60.75.tar.gz. What’s not there: Tunables for Apple Firestorm/Icestorm. Hypervisor support for Apple Silicon-based Macs doesn’t seem to be there and Rosetta support …and some parts of the source code. AMX support is not present either The shiny new things: Apart from tunables, support for A14/M1. Look at the SETUP… Continue reading New XNU source release

Linux on Apple Silicon Macs: first RFC submission

The first RFC got submitted to upstream to solicit comments about it. It’s quite minimal, only including the interrupt controller and secondary CPU startup drivers, with the core kernel changes needed to accommodate the hardware. Notably, it doesn’t include a UART driver. It isn’t ready for mainline inclusion yet. For technical reasons evaluated on iPhones… Continue reading Linux on Apple Silicon Macs: first RFC submission

A look at Windows 10X on Arm

From a quick look at Windows 10X build 20279 (fe_release_10x) on 64-bit Arm: No x86(_64) backwards compatibility for UWP apps Which brings us to the next point… Arm 32-bit compatibility is not only there but required, base applications such as the Microsoft Store rely on it. This also applies to 64-bit Arm Windows desktop SKUs.… Continue reading A look at Windows 10X on Arm