Mike asked (not a dumb Q, BTW):
> A dumb question, what exactly is the purpose of porting Linux to
Looks like there are many opinions. I don't care as long as we
manage to do this port. Whatever we port it to (and the wider the
port is) SGI is going to benefit tremendously. You may read
my Linux pages (http://info.engr/~ariel/linux) to understand why
my personal conviction (and others) is so strong.
Some of the nice things about Linux are:
1) It can work from RAM (virtual disk),
So it follows that it is easily ROMable and
embeddable (much more so than IRIX)
I have developed embedded apps for several years in my past
and I can tell you that my life would have been infinitely
easier had I been able to develop in a Linux env.
Only the thought of having the same env on the host
and the target is revolutionary by itself (and possible!)
2) It has a small footprint so naturally it is a good candidate
for embedded market.
3) It has a common single source code for 32-bit and 64-bit
machines (Alpha). So we shouldn't think of this as an "either/or"
gcc doesn't have support for 64 bit MIPS 27 ISA, I guess, but
nobody is stopping us from using our compilers (as well as gcc
at our convenience).