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Re: Any sort of how-to for Linux on Magnum 4000pc?

Subject: Re: Any sort of how-to for Linux on Magnum 4000pc?
From: Thomas Bogendoerfer <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 22:06:25 +0100
In-reply-to: <>; from Eric Jorgensen on Tue, Mar 16, 1999 at 09:07:41AM -0700
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On Tue, Mar 16, 1999 at 09:07:41AM -0700, Eric Jorgensen wrote:
>       is there a recommended 2.2.x kernel?  2.1? 

the current 2.2.1 kernel built from CVS should be the best bet. I'll
upload a kernel in the next days to

> root filesystem somewhere? 

there is a root filesystem:

This should work on the Magnum too. An older root filesystem I've made

> Would it be reasonably easy to build the filesystem on an intel
> linux system and then boot it on the Mips? 

yes. That's how I started, because there was  no SCSI driver at that time.

>       Granted i can run it in little-endian and big-endian, and that i
> have irrational dreams about using it to play MP3's, which endian should i
> use? 

for big endian you are at your own, since I don't have any idea how to
use the big extension stuff on my Olivetti M700 (Magnum clone). Everthing
I've done on the platform is little endian. And I guess it doesn't matter
that much for MP3 anyway.

>       Also, I may have found that ever elusive hiss-free sound card, but
> it's a PnP device, and somehow i wonder if isapnptools will function at
> all on a mips system, any thoughts? (The board appears to be a Terratec
> Base 1)

porting isapnp to Magnums is possible. If isapnp uses /dev/port it should
work without major changes, if it does x86 asm to do in/out stuff, it's
more work.

>       On the other hand, is support for the Magnum sound card something
> that appears likely? 

if you do it, yes:-) Right now, sound for the Magnum is really low priority
on my much too long todo list. It looks like I'm the only one working on 
the Magnum stuff.


   This device has completely bogus header. Compaq scores again :-|
It's a host bridge, but it should be called ghost bridge instead ;^)
                                        [Martin `MJ' Mares on linux-kernel]

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