Um, on top of the reasons you've already sited, I don't think there's
enough of those behemoth's still in operational existence to make a port
worth while. I'm no hardware expert, but other than the original os,
there's not much you can do for that old box.
On Sat, 6 Jun 1998, Peter Maydell wrote:
> Ariel Faigon wrote:
> > 1) If you have the Indy (hardware) you already have
> > the license for IRIX (for your own use)
> Does this hold for earlier machines as well? I have a 4D/70GT with no
> system software...
> While I'm here, I thought I'd look into the feasibility of porting
> Linux to this machine. [In fact, I'm probably not going to have access
> to the machine for long enough to work on it, but maybe somebody else
> will. (the machine belongs to the Computer Preservation Society here in
> Anyway, points that spring to mind:
> * the CPU is an R2000; I don't think any of the current ports are for
> less than an R3000 -- does anybody know how different the R2000 is?
> * without hardware documentation I suspect it will be impossible to get
> anywhere. Every board seems to have a CPU on it :-> The ESDI and ethernet
> boards both have 68000s, and the graphics board set has a 68020 complete
> with debugging monitor you can access via a serial terminal, in addition
> to all those custom chips...
> Are SGI being helpful about providing documentation on the older hardware?
> Peter Maydell