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Re: NCD900 port?

To: "Chip Coldwell" <coldwell@frank.harvard.edu>, <linux-mips@linux-mips.org>
Subject: Re: NCD900 port?
From: "Kevin D. Kissell" <kevink@mips.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 23:51:41 +0200
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> I'm facing a ~$1K site license charge for NCD's NCBridge software for
> their NC948 X Terminals, and since my site consists of exactly three
> of these things that I bought for less than $250 each I'm balking a
> bit.
> 
> The NC948 consists of a 165 MHz QED RM5231, S3 Savage4 graphics
> controller, and an AMD PCnet NIC of some sort.  It doesn't seem like
> there's anything in that set that Linux or XFree86 wouldn't be happy
> to run.

What PCI bridge is being used?  Galileo?

> To be completely explicit what I'm proposing is to run Linux on the X
> Terminal (as opposed to the server that provides boot image, xdm,
> etc.).  My question is: has anybody done it or does anybody know a
> reason why it can't be done?

I think it's probably doable, but if you want two reasons 
why it might not be, I'd say they would be:
1) Undocumented/unsupported PCI or other interface
2) Not enough RAM


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