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Re: DECstation 3100's

Subject: Re: DECstation 3100's
From: Frieder Streffer <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 10:19:51 +0100 (MET)
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On Wed, 14 Jan 1998, Sam Wilson wrote:

> Hey there, 
> I am a student at West Chester University in WestChester, PA (right 
> outside Philadelphia). We are currently going to be replacing some of 
> our old DECstation 3100's. We already have a small Linux project going 
> on here, and I was thinking that these systems would be great for that 
> project. I noticed that you currently don't have too much support for 
> the 3100, however, I might be interested in getting to work on some of 
> that as I can. I was wondering what kind of information you could get to 
> me so that I could get started. And, possibly, if any further work has 
> been completed on the kernel that was not specified in your FAQ. 
> Thanks, 
> Sam Wilson 
Hi Sam, 
I have done some work on the code for the 3100, but ran out of time,
so I'm writing. Alas, I haven't heard something from Paul Antoine who is
the coordinator for the efforts done on the DECstation code, and the
Web-Page of the Projekt move some while and disapeared (at least for me). 
But you may find a functional discription of the 3100 on 
in the directory. There are also the source of the 
last kernel (2.1.14) and some compiled test-kernels. 
The Book of Gerry Kane (see Linux/Mips homepage) was quite informative.

You may boot the 3100 via tftp:

boot -f tftp()/tftpboot/vmlinux

You need to give the full path of the kernel, independent of whats in 
your /etc/bootptab on you bootserver.

Hope I could give you some help.

Frieder Streffer

P.S. Paul, if you read this mail, I would really appreciate the Webpage 
to be back again!!

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