Mar 172008

Hi All,

I have made available, stages based on the Gentoo 2008.0 Beta1 snapshot, for you to test on your hardware.  New in this release, is the introduction of big-endian stages compiled for MIPS1, as well as little-endian stages for MIPS3.  This should suit generic big-endian users, and Loongson users respectively.  (Of course, if you’re using hardware other than SGI, Cobalt or Lemote hardware, you’ll have to figure out most things yourself — we can’t offer support for other hardware.)

For now, you’ll find them on my devspace.  If you strike problems, please let me know and I’ll try to get the problems fixed for the final 2008.0 snapshot. 🙂

I’ll be taking them for a spin to make sure everything is fine, but I’d appreciate any feedback from users.  These stages are experimental, as they’re based on a beta snapshot — if you’re setting something up for a production environment (if you are, you’re braver than I am), I’d recommend using the older 2007.1 stages instead.

  3 Responses to “Gentoo/MIPS: 2008.0 Beta1 Stages available for testing”

  1. […] user has released his own unofficial LiveCD for i686, one of the Gentoo/MIPS devs has released experimental 2008.0-beta1 stages for Cobalt and SGI MIPS hardware. Our RelEng team is still working hard on getting the official release […]

  2. Hey man, good job getting Linux on SGI machines. I’d be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon as soon as you can promise me 2D acceleration for SI, because IRIX is sorely lacking on the updated software front.

    Don’t give up, I’m pinning my hopes on you.

  3. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of us will be promising that in the near future. At the moment, my Octane is out of action, possibly with a fried frontplane, I haven’t the time to fix it now.

    Everything presently known about the Impact, is reverse engineered. The one piece of hardware that remains to be reversed engineered, is the geometry engine that does OpenGL and accelerated 2D. If you happen to know how it works, do tell! 😉 SGI won’t tell us, and I certainly don’t have the knowledge required to reverse engineer the rest.