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Re: Linux on O2?

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: Linux on O2?
From: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 20:11:19 +0100 (CET)
Cc: Marc Esipovich <>, brett <>, Bruce Leggett <>,,,
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On Sun, 20 Feb 2000, Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 19, 2000 at 06:30:22AM -0200, Marc Esipovich wrote:
> > > > Im still wainting to hear anything about the indigo i hear alot of talk
> > > > about the indigo2 but nothing about the original blue boxes
> > > 
> > > The problem is that the origin docs are gone by now and SGI can't
> > > just go and ship the IRIX source to hackers ...
> > 
> > Wow, what do you mean gone by now?  are you saying there's no chance in
> > hell to obtain the documentation?  it can't be gone.
> Remember that SGI is a company that designs a large fraction of a system.
> So the designers of some piece of hardware and it's direct users, the
> kernel programmers have close to each other.  For a lot of chips
> documentation never is written or at least never the same way so it would
> be the case for chips that would be marketed as such.  It's obvious that
> this isn't good at all for Free Software where the access to high
> quality documentation is crucial.
> So now imagine what has happened to all the knowledge about a machine
> during the decade after it was developed?  The product's development
> finishes, it get's marketed, the OS for gets some final bugfixes and
> even later it gets phased out.  Silence.  Meanwhile the brains behind
> the machine leave the company, tapes and paper go to some dark room
> where nobody still remembers them and the machine gets forgotten.
> Slow death of a computer ...

Unrelated, but similar: I'd like to port Linux/m68k to the Tektronix XP21
X-terminal I have. It has a 68030, TMS34020 and NE2000 Ethernet, but where do
you find docs? Tektronix has sold their X-terminal division to NCD.

If a machine is older than the web, AltaVista won't help you neither.



Geert Uytterhoeven -- Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP} --

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
                                                            -- Linus Torvalds

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