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Re: challenge s boots linux

To: "William J. Earl" <wje@fir.engr.sgi.com>
Subject: Re: challenge s boots linux
From: Richard Hartensveld <richardh@infopact.nl>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 00:42:21 +0200
Cc: Alex deVries <adevries@engsoc.carleton.ca>, Jeremy John Welling <jwelling@engin.umich.edu>, linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com
References: <Pine.SOL.4.02.9809240031070.6032-100000@azure.engin.umich.edu> <Pine.LNX.3.96.980924123140.20033F-100000@lager.engsoc.carleton.ca> <199809241644.JAA13188@fir.engr.sgi.com>
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William J. Earl wrote:

> Alex deVries writes:
> ...
>  > But, i've been thinking for awhile that an Indigo2 port would be the next
>  > box to target... i suppose there's no harm in looking at both machines
>  > concurrently.
>  >
>  > Getting docs on the Indigo2 would be quite important for a successful
>  > port, though.  That would require SGI's help, and I can see them being a
>  > lot more open to it if we got the Indy completely supported first.
> ...
>
>      Except for the EISA slots, Indigo2 is pretty close to Indy.  They run
> the same IRIX kernel binary.  The graphics are more of an issue, since most
> Indigo2 systems use something other than Newport ("XL") graphics.  It might
> be possible for Linux to get by using the very basic microcode downloaded by
> the PROM for XZ and other microcoded graphics cards, but I have not had time
> to research the interface presented.
>

If i'll get my indigo2 with extreme gfx back to work, i'll see how far i can
come with a kernel that usesa serial terminal for it's output. (no gfx card
needed there).

But first get my crosscompiler to work properly ;]

Richard




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