David Christensen writes:
> Thank you all for your replies. :-)
> Hartvig Ekner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> 2. What is the preferred host OS...
> > We use Linux/x86 for kernel compiles,
> Which Linux distribution does MIPS use? Since I'm going to be working
> on an Atlas board using software from MIPS, I would like to match things
> up exactly.
Internally for development we use H.J's RedHat 7.1/MIPS miniport.
Ready-to-go kernel images and installation instructions (via NFS or
CDROM) for Atlas and Malta boards can be found on ftp.mips.com.
> As an aside, is anybody using a VMware virtual machine for their
> development host?
> > and native compile for apps.
> OK that sounds like a safe bet.
> >> 3. What is the preferred toolchain...
> > This is what we use for cross Kernel compiles (toolchain from oss):
> > /home/hartvige> gcc -v
> > Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc-lib/i386-redhat-linux/2.96/specs
> > gcc version 2.96 20000731 (Red Hat Linux 7.1 2.96-85)
> Hmmm. That looks like a native i386 compiler. I'm surprised its not
> something like "mips-elf-gcc".
Sorry - I ran the command in the wrong window :-)
For kernel cross compilation we use the following binary RPM's (LE shown only):
They can be found on:
> I'll assume the cross-compile toolchain was built per
> http://oss.sgi.com/mips/mips-howto.html section 10.
> >> 4. Is MIPS Linux self-hosted?
> > Yes. Even without workstations, you could use MIPS or Algo development
> > boards for self-hosted development (which is what we do - primarily
> > Malta boards).
> Good. :-)
> >> 5. Can you do native development on MIPS Linux?
> > Yes.
> Good. :-)
> >> 6. Does MIPS Linux support sound (oss or alsa) on any platform?
> >> Does it support sound on MIPS Atlas?
> > Yes. Plug in a Creative SB card, based on the Ensoniq chip and
> > enable the es1371.c in the kernel compile. Works both LE & BE, and
> > with apps like madplay (mp3) and mplayer (mpeg4).
> Great! :-)