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Re: Linux on O2?

To: "William J. Earl" <wje@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com>
Subject: Re: Linux on O2?
From: Ralf Baechle <ralf@oss.sgi.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 01:03:31 +0100
Cc: Ralf Baechle <ralf@oss.sgi.com>, brett <brett@madhouse.org>, Bruce Leggett <bleggett@sofamordanek.com>, linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com, linux-mips@fnet.fr, linux-mips@vger.rutgers.edu
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On Fri, Feb 18, 2000 at 03:32:57PM -0800, William J. Earl wrote:

> Ralf Baechle writes:
>  > On Thu, Feb 17, 2000 at 05:14:25PM -0800, brett wrote:
>  > 
>  > > Im still wainting to hear anything about the indigo i hear alot of talk
>  > > about the indigo2 but nothing about the original blue boxes
>  > 
>  > The problem is that the origin docs are gone by now and SGI can't
>  > just go and ship the IRIX source to hackers ...
> 
>       We might be able to help out with some Indigo R4000 information,
> if someone is seriously interested, since the Indigo R4000 is close to
> Indigo2 and Indy.  Indigo R3000 is probably hopeless (that development
> project was something like 12 years ago, after all).  The graphics is
> a tougher problem, since all but Newport and Starter (Indigo) graphics
> have geometry engines with relatively complex interfaces.  
> 
>      Ralf is quite right about the IRIX source.  Since it is based
> on source licensed from SCO, Sun, and others, we do not have the right
> to hand it out without cost to others.  

How about if myself and possibly others who currently are under NDA for SGI
would support such projects by describing things via email where
neither docs nor uncontaminated source is available and possibly some
source where it's (C)-clean and managment aproved.  Could something like
that be made working?  It's a shame that still nobody so far has had an
actual chance to start working on an O2 port or something like that.

  Ralf

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