: Ok, it is not that simple.
: The problem is that the Linux kernel does not have a module for
: accessing EFS, so you have to do this in two steps:
Could someone rise to the challenge of writing a utility
that will install Linux on an IRIX machine?
It can ask questions like:
Do you want to boot Linux from a [L]ocal disk or from
a [R]emote machine [l/r] ? ...
To install Linux locally, you'll need a free partition.
On what partition do you want to install Linux on [/dev/sdb7]?
And give hints like:
Sorry you don't have the e2fs tools installed on IRIX yet
should I download them from ftp.linux.sgi.com [y/n]?
And give big warnings like:
Are you sure you want to destroy your IRIX /dev/sdb7 partition
by running mke2fs on it [y/n]?
But it should make it much easier for non-hackers to install
Linux side-by-side with IRIX.
This utility should give ask the user where from to take a kernel
etc. but it should have good defaults like getting it from
Lastly: it can have two steps (before reboot and after)
but it should do enough sanity checks and user confirms to make
sure it does the right thing.
A working utility like this is effectively a HOWTO and can be much
more useful for most people.