Intel Mac

Just placed order on new shiny Intel Mac and they told me it will arrive on tuesday to local Apple shop. After that I’ll focus more on Mac OS X version because it’s currently a little bit behind, but still it is a very important platform beside Windows and Linux. Pixel for Intel Macs will be more stable and faster as x86 is already more mature. Current one for PowerPC is quite buggy compared to x86 versions, but that’s because I’m running Mac OS X in emulator only on Pegasos G4 computer. Stay tuned and prepare for new Pixel running on Intel Macs.

Update: First screenshot of Pixel running on Intel Mac is available here. From first benchmarks it is up to 10x faster than PowerPC version (compared to G4 1Ghz or Rosetta).

65 thoughts on “Intel Mac

  1. Slapo

    Now only to know when we can expect those builds to be online 🙂
    Repeat after me:
    “I’ll always put an estimation of how long it is until the builds are available to avoid silly requests of it.”
    “I’ll always put an estimation of how long it is until the builds are available to avoid silly requests of it.”

    😉

  2. Administrator

    It was estimated to be available few days ago already, but I still had feeling to fix few other bugs… well, as much as possible 🙂 Releasing is not easy as well, now when I’ll patch everything with all fixes I have to actually test it on more computers and then package and upload to server.

  3. Josh

    Keep plugging along, Pavel. You are only one man (with some help from others). Keep fixing and we’ll keep testing!

  4. Rui Campos

    I’m sure you fixed alot of things, but so much delay lets everyone impacient.

    I also build some applications, like Blender and so forth and I build for AMD, Intel, with and without SSE and so forth in just the time it takes gcc to compile them. Then packs it into deb files and reloads my Ubuntu repository. It is just a question of loosing one full day to build decent building scripts, its is quite easy and you save alot of time, meaning you can release new packages in no time.

    I’m sure the installer can be somewhat problematic, but since it is also your own creation you could also adjust it to build and package in no time.

    This way everyone would be happy, you that don’t have to waist big time to make new packages and us that would have more regular packages.

  5. Administrator

    I have build scripts that make it easier, but it needs a lot of testing after building, since Pixel is mostly developed on Gentoo and then built on few other platforms (untested while developing). I can’t make .deb packages as I’m not using Debian/Ubuntu, those packages are made by 3rd party.

  6. Frank

    Hi Pavel,

    there is no magic in building packets for Debian (.deb). I’m running Archlinux (.tar.gz) and go the opposite way in installing bibblepro, which is as .deb file available and ist installed by a shell script into my Archlinux system.

    There is a short howto available for building .deb files (http://www.planet-interkom.de/frank.ickstadt/rdesktop/rdesktop.html). If you don’t have a debian system, it’s no problem, too. The .deb files are just compressed with ar.

  7. Administrator

    Ok, I’ll have a look at .deb files but I will always need extra time for that, which I can use for bugfixing. It’s better for me if somebody with Debian system can package Pixel and even test if it works correctly.

    And regarding Intel Mac, yes that annoying bug was fixed 🙂

  8. Rui Campos

    New build, but still nothing changed in both HDR and EXR formats, still fails. Guess I’ll have to wait 3 more months to check if this is working by then.

    Meanwhile here you have a link to a nice EXR file for testing:
    http://www.mpii.mpg.de/resources/hdr/calibration/sample.exr

    And a nice HDR too:
    http://www.debevec.org/Probes/rnl_probe.hdr

    None of the EXR files I tried to use on it load. HDR files do load, but its all garbage, nothing more, nothing that even resembles the image.

    Have fun.

  9. Rui Campos

    New build, but still nothing changed in both HDR and EXR formats, still fails. Guess I’ll have to wait 3 more months to check if this is working by then.

    Meanwhile here you have a link to a nice EXR file for testing:
    h**p://www.mpii.mpg.de/resources/hdr/calibration/sample.exr

    And a nice HDR too:
    h**p://debevec.org/Probes/rnl_probe.hdr

    Eck, none of the EXR files I tried to use on it load. HDR files do load, but its all garbage, nothing more, nothing that even resembles the image. I think you didn’t test this.

    Have fun.

    PS: Previous submit failed, due to links

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