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RE: framebuffer + ethernet

To: "Linux-Mips" <>
Subject: RE: framebuffer + ethernet
From: "Simone Caronni" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 14:34:37 +0200
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In-reply-to: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0208131313250.626-100000@melkor>
Many thanks, I will definitely give it a try.


-----Original Message-----
From: Vivien Chappelier []
Sent: martedi 13 agosto 2002 13.30
To: Simone Caronni
Subject: Re: framebuffer + ethernet

On Tue, 13 Aug 2002, Simone Caronni wrote:

> Hello, I have an O2 R5000 I would like to try Linux on. 

Linux on the SGI O2 R5000 is still *very experimental*. You'll need
a 2.5 kernel from the CVS at and the patches available there:

2.5.5 is work in progress, you might have higher chances with 2.5.4.

There are also compiled kernels available if you want to try.

> Can someone please tell me the status and usability of the O2 fb and
> internal ethernet?

The O2 ethernet is working for simple operations, but has a bug when
transmitting a lot of data from the O2. However I've a fix for that I'll
make available in the next few days (needs cleanup).
The framebuffer is also working approximatively, with two known
bugs: the display sometimes (randomly) appears as 'wrapped around' and the
colormap is not working properly in 8 bit mode. I've also tried Xfree86
on framebuffer which displays wrong colors (an X bug this time), but works
well apart from that.
Overall, the O2 is starting to work, but is not stable at all... rather a
hacker's toy currently :)

Vivien Chappelier.

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