On Tue, 13 Aug 2002, Simone Caronni wrote:
> Hello, I have an O2 R5000 I would like to try Linux on.
Linux on the SGI O2 R5000 is still *very experimental*. You'll need
a 2.5 kernel from the CVS at oss.sgi.com and the patches available there:
2.5.5 is work in progress, you might have higher chances with 2.5.4.
There are also compiled kernels available if you want to try.
> Can someone please tell me the status and usability of the O2 fb and
> internal ethernet?
The O2 ethernet is working for simple operations, but has a bug when
transmitting a lot of data from the O2. However I've a fix for that I'll
make available in the next few days (needs cleanup).
The framebuffer is also working approximatively, with two known
bugs: the display sometimes (randomly) appears as 'wrapped around' and the
colormap is not working properly in 8 bit mode. I've also tried Xfree86
on framebuffer which displays wrong colors (an X bug this time), but works
well apart from that.
Overall, the O2 is starting to work, but is not stable at all... rather a
hacker's toy currently :)