> > I have (please don't laugh ;-)) a Whitechapel Hitech-10, a workstation
> > from an English company that doesn't exist any more. It was built in
> > 1988 oder 89, has a R2000 CPU@16Mhz, 8 MB of RAM and has 1280x1024x256
> > color graphics. It is running 4.3BSD. I have X11R3 and NeWS.
> No, don't laugh - the people who conceived and developed this machine
> mostly now work for Algorithmics and are watching this mail group. On
> its launch in 1987 it was probably the fastest workstation in the
> world - not bad for a UK company nobody had heard of.
Indeed the R2000 with a good memory system can deliver incredible performance.
After a hardware fault on my universities last MIPS machine this R2000
machine from '88 had to be replaced with several Sparc 5...
> You're welcome to any driver code you're interested in. It's really
> only ever run BSD derivatives (we did put up MIPS' RISC/os unix V.3,
> but it had a BSD chassis).
Hmm... Is the - just by chance - the hardware of the Whitechapel similar
to the old MIPS machines? Docs are missing for these and make a successful
port of Linux to these machines difficult.
> The R2000 CPU runs the same code as any R3000; but the Whitechapel
> machine is big-endian, whereas DEC and Sony are both little-endian.
Are you shure? From what I know Sony (also NeWS!) is wired to big endian.
The Sony people didn't implement an endian switch in their boards.
> It's nice to know there's still some in use out there.
Hah! I'm still running V7 :-)
A weird imagination is most useful to gain full advantage
of all the features - manpage of amd(8).