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Re: Linux and the Sony Playstation 2

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <kevink@mips.com>
Subject: Re: Linux and the Sony Playstation 2
From: "H . J . Lu" <hjl@lucon.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 08:19:18 -0700
Cc: linux-mips@fnet.fr, linux-mips@oss.sgi.com
In-reply-to: <007601c216d0$6f7f0840$10eca8c0@grendel>; from kevink@mips.com on Tue, Jun 18, 2002 at 03:59:57PM +0200
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On Tue, Jun 18, 2002 at 03:59:57PM +0200, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:
> The Sony PS2 Linux kit has been shipping for nearly
> a month now, and I'm frankly astonished at how little
> I've seen on this mailing list about it.  For better or
> for worse, this changes everything for MIPS/Linux.
> The number of MIPS/Linux users worldwide has
> just gone up by at least an order of magnitude,
> and they are on a platform running a 2.2.1-derived
> kernel and using gcc 2.95.2.
> 
> It's a perfectly usable platform out of the box, but
> Carsten has thrown "crashme" at it, and it goes down
> relatively quickly.  People trying to port kaffe and
> other programs that do double-precision float are
> blocked because there's no double precision on the
> R5900, and the Sony kernel lacks the Algorithmics
> emulator.
> 

I looked at PS2 when I was looking for a mips platform for my
Linux/mips work. Unfortunately, PS2 doesn't have ll/sc, which
makes many things complicated.


H.J.

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