I am interested in joining the Linux/MIPS project.
Hardware: In a few days I expect to have a couple of Mips Magnum 3000 machines.
Future aquisitions for the project may include a Magnum 4000 or two and
possibly a DecStation.
Other resources: Since the Mips boxen here were being used for Plan 9
development (Plan 9 is an operating system from Bell Labs) I should be able to
get lots of low level information on how to bootstrap the boxes etc, although I
may have to be carefull not to read code I am not meant to see :-)
Now the questions:
1) I gather the Magnum 3000 can only run in big endian mode. I built my self up
a cross compiler and tools for mips-linux, pulled the 2.1.14 tree off the mips
area on sunsite and had a go at compiling. If i turn on experimental options, I
get the option of the magnum 3000. However, when I actually try to compile it
blows up with #error directives about some routines in include/asm/bitops.h not
working in big endian mode. Has anyone done a fix for this yet?
2) Is the 2.1.14 from sunsite the latest? I notice it has lots more mips stuff
than the 'standard' Linus-distributed 2.1.26 - I assume the standard one simply
hasn't had the latest patches merged in?
3) Where do I get binutils-126.96.36.199 (which is what the last patch for binutils
should be applied to)? I can only get binutils-2.7. Will the linux/MIPS
targets/fixes make it back to the gnu people for the next version?
That should be enough to get started :-)