Although I've posted before, I'll fill out the 'form' for reference.
Excuse the verbosity.
On Mon, 16 Jun 1997, Larry McVoy wrote:
> who am i?
Professionally, I'm a software engineer for IAC in Boston, MA, where I do
work with large databases. I've also worked with TimeStep in Ottawa doing
VPN's and IPSEC, and NorTel/BNR doing very quirkly large scale revision
control tools. Lots of Unix and IP experience in this.
But, Linux experience comes from a project called EngSoc, which I started
and maintain almost solely at Carleton University in Ottawa two years ago.
It provides full Linux access for 1,500 users on 20 machines in under
$8,000US annually. We have done a lot of hardware recovery, and, er,
I've donated 30 hours a week maintaining and expanding the system for the
last two years, but it's time to move on to something newer, like
I have a lot of varied experience with Unices (Solaris, SunOS, Linux,
Net/FreeBSD, HPUX, OSx (oooh... SVR3 and BSD, in the same OS), Irix, etc)
and VMS, and the porting that goes along with it.
So, clearly, I don't have nearly the experience that some people on the
list do with low level kernel authority (eg. Ralf, who must dream in MIPS
assembler), but I am committed to this project and have been since I first
heard of it.
> what will i do w/ the machine?
Mostly, concentrate on userspace applications, although certainly I will
help test and debug kernels, gcc and libc. I'd like to concentrate on
porting all RPM's I can get my hands on, with a concentration on RedHat
I'm also interested in getting an X server running smoothly on it, as well
as getting native file system support running well.
So far, my work has been on Mike's bogomips.ingenia.ca, but I can't do
much more without having physical access.
> when will it be done?
It depends. I suspect most of the common userland ports can be done over
three months, but there'll be subsequent releases, updates, etc. I will
be happy when RedHat releases an official Linux/SGI CD.