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From: "Sven Vermeulen (swift)" <swift@g.o>
Subject: gentoo commit in xml/htdocs/doc/en: mips-requirements.xml
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:14:20 +0000 (UTC)
swift       11/08/15 20:14:20

  Modified:             mips-requirements.xml
  Log:
  Fix bug #379319 - Updated mips-requirement.xml thanks to Matt Turner (mattst88) and Kumba

Revision  Changes    Path
1.15                 xml/htdocs/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml

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plain: http://sources.gentoo.org/viewvc.cgi/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml?rev=1.15&content-type=text/plain
diff : http://sources.gentoo.org/viewvc.cgi/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml?r1=1.14&r2=1.15

Index: mips-requirements.xml
===================================================================
RCS file: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml,v
retrieving revision 1.14
retrieving revision 1.15
diff -u -r1.14 -r1.15
--- mips-requirements.xml	2 Sep 2010 06:03:02 -0000	1.14
+++ mips-requirements.xml	15 Aug 2011 20:14:20 -0000	1.15
@@ -1,6 +1,6 @@
 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
 <!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
-<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml,v 1.14 2010/09/02 06:03:02 nightmorph Exp $ -->
+<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml,v 1.15 2011/08/15 20:14:20 swift Exp $ -->
 
 <guide>
 <title>Gentoo/MIPS Linux Hardware Requirements</title>
@@ -11,6 +11,9 @@
 <author title="Editor">
   <mail link="redhatter@g.o">Stuart Longland</mail>
 </author>
+<author title="Editor">
+  <mail link="mattst88">Matt Turner</mail>
+</author>
 
 <abstract>
 This document provides an overview of the status of various MIPS-based systems
@@ -22,80 +25,11 @@
 <!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 -->
 <license />
 
-<version>1</version>
-<date>2010-09-01</date>
-
-<chapter>
-<title>General Requirements</title>
-
-<section>
-<title>System Requirements</title>
-<body>
-
-<p>
-The exact requirements will largely depend on what you intend to use the
-machine for and how you wish to go about installing Gentoo.  The following
-table should give you a rough idea.
-</p>
-
-<table>
-  <tr>
-    <ti/>
-    <th>Minimum</th>
-    <th>Recommended</th>
-    <th>Ideal</th>
-  </tr>
-  <tr>
-    <th>RAM:</th>
-    <ti>48~64MB</ti>
-    <ti>&gt;128MB</ti>
-    <ti>~256MB</ti>
-  </tr>
-  <tr>
-    <th>HDD:</th>
-    <ti>4GB</ti>
-    <ti>&gt;8GB</ti>
-    <ti>18GB</ti>
-  </tr>
-</table>
-
-</body>
-
-</section>
-<section>
-<title>A Note about serial consoles</title>
-<body>
-
-<p>
-If you lack an appropriate Framebuffer, you will be required to use serial
-console.  Serial console programs for linux include <c>minicom</c> and
-<c>xc</c>, and for Windows, <c>HyperTerminal</c> and <c>Tera Term Pro</c>.  If
-you are running Windows, and intend to use HyperTerminal, it is advised that
-you seek out an updated client from the program's website instead of the one
-installed by default.  An upgraded client provides much better serial support
-than the default one installed by Windows.
-</p>
-
-</body>
-</section>
-<section>
-<title>User Testimonies &amp; Kernel Configurations</title>
-<body>
-
-<p>
-As an aid to the project, a <uri
-link="http://stuartl.longlandclan.hopto.org/gentoo/mips/">hardware support
-database</uri> has been set up.  This support database is intended to provide a
-quick and easy way to determine how well certain configurations are supported.
-The system also allows people to contribute their comments and kernel configs.
-</p>
-
-</body>
-</section>
-</chapter>
+<version>2</version>
+<date>2011-08-14</date>
 
 <chapter>
-<title>Silicon Graphics Systems -- Stable</title>
+<title>Silicon Graphics Systems &ndash; Stable</title>
 <section>
 <body>
 
@@ -124,13 +58,6 @@
     </ul>
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Stable</e></li>
@@ -138,14 +65,6 @@
     </ul>
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Experimental</e> (Only on Linux 2.6 R5000/RM5200)</li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Notes:</b>
     <ol>
       <li>
@@ -161,7 +80,7 @@
         Challenge S can only get network connectivity via its AUI connector.
       </li>
       <li>
-        Indigo2 EISA Support is <e>highly</e> experimental.  It isn't very well
+        Indigo2 EISA Support isn't very well
         tested and may not work with all hardware.  Hardware that it is known
         to function with is listed, and as more compatible hardware is
         discovered, it will be added.  Please note that hardware requiring DMA
@@ -189,47 +108,12 @@
     </ul>
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Stable</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
       <li>64-bit: <e>Stable</e></li>
     </ul>
   </li>
-  <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Experimental</e> (Only on Linux 2.6)</li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
-    <b>Notes:</b>
-    <ol>
-      <li>
-        The O2 RM7000 Processor support is limited in Linux currently, as it
-        requires a fairly recent kernel version (&gt;2.6.7), and has several
-        notable issues.  The first issue is a problem with SCSI at the moment,
-        making the internal disks unusable at the current time.  The Level 3
-        (Tertiary) Cache is also disabled due to there being no support for
-        this cache in the linux kernel.
-      </li>
-      <li>
-        Please be aware that this note only applies to the official SGI RM7000
-        running at 350MHz, not the 600MHz RM7000 that can be assembled using an
-        RM5200 board.  These "modded" CPU modules for O2 systems are not
-        supported/tested, although, in theory, they should be functional, but
-        may suffer from the same problems listed above.
-      </li>
-    </ol>
-  </li>
 </ul>
 
 </body>
@@ -237,13 +121,13 @@
 </chapter>
 
 <chapter>
-<title>Silicon Graphics Systems -- Experimental/Unstable</title>
+<title>Silicon Graphics Systems &ndash; Experimental/Unstable</title>
 <section>
 <body>
 
 <p>
-The systems listed here are known to run Linux... <e>HOWEVER</e>, in many
-cases, there are known stability issues, and major gaps in the hardware
+The systems listed here are known to run Linux, however in many
+cases, there are known stability issues and major gaps in the hardware
 support. In short, it will be a rough and bumpy ride.
 </p>
 
@@ -258,27 +142,12 @@
     <b>Processor Options <e>(Experimental)</e>:</b> R10000, R12000
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
       <li>64-bit: <e>Experimental</e></li>
     </ul>
   </li>
-  <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
 </ul>
 
 </body>
@@ -292,13 +161,6 @@
     <b>Processor Options <e>(Experimental)</e>:</b> R10000
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
@@ -306,22 +168,14 @@
     </ul>
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Experimental</e> (Only on Linux 2.6)</li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Notes:</b>
     <ol>
       <li>
 	IP28 Indigo2 Impact support (classified as an Indigo2 system w/ an
-	R10000 Processor) is <e>very experimental</e>. Most of the work is
-	currently being done by Peter Fuerst, who maintains patches on his <uri
+	R10000 Processor) is <e>very experimental</e>. Most of the work was
+	done by Peter Fuerst, who maintains patches on his <uri
 	link="http://www.pfrst.de/download.html">website</uri>. This kernel is
-	<e>NOT</e> intended for stable, day-to-day use. The Indigo2 IP28 system
+	<e>not</e> intended for stable, day-to-day use. The Indigo2 IP28 system
 	suffers from an issue known as <e>Speculative Execution</e>, a feature
 	of the R10000 Processor that is problematic on machines that are <e>Non
 	Cache Coherent</e>, such as the IP28 Indigo2 and on R10000/R12000-based
@@ -346,19 +200,12 @@
 </body>
 </section>
 <section>
-<title>IP30: Octane</title>
+<title>IP30: Octane &ndash; Dead</title>
 <body>
 
 <ul>
   <li><b>Processor Options (Experimental):</b> R10000, R12000, R14000A</li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
@@ -366,30 +213,23 @@
     </ul>
   </li>
   <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Notes:</b>
     <ol>
       <li>
-        Octane support in Linux should be regarded as experimental. Support for
-        this particular machine from SGI has been progressing quite well and
-        the Linux kernel functions reasonably well. The current status for this
-        system may be found on
-        <uri link="http://www.linux-mips.org/~skylark/">Stanislaw Skowronek's
-        page</uri>.  Wider support in Gentoo for this system will be available
-        in the future, so watch this space closely for more details.
+        Octane support in Linux should be regarded as broken. Stanislaw
+	Skowronek did the reverse engineering and bring up. <uri
+	link="http://www.linux-mips.org/~skylark/">His page</uri> is available
+	but has not been updated since October 2006.
       </li>
       <li>
         The serial ports on the Octane currently only support 9600 baud rate,
         8-bits, no parity, 1 stop bit.  Other baud rates do not currently work
         at present.
       </li>
+      <li>
+        Dead due to issues porting the IRQ handling to newer Linux kernels.
+	Help is welcome.
+      </li>
     </ol>
   </li>
 </ul>
@@ -399,17 +239,17 @@
 </chapter>
 
 <chapter>
-<title>Silicon Graphics Systems -- Unsupported</title>
+<title>Silicon Graphics Systems &ndash; Unsupported</title>
 <section>
 <body>
 
 <p>
-Just about all of these systems are totally unsupported at the kernel level --
+Just about all of these systems are totally unsupported at the kernel level &ndash;
 making a full Linux system totally impossible.  Little is known about a lot of
-the systems listed here -- therefore any support in the near future is highly
+the systems listed here &ndash; therefore any support in the near future is highly
 unlikely.  You may wish to keep an eye on the <uri
 link="http://www.linux-mips.org">Linux/MIPS website</uri> for any news of ports
--- either that, or start your own. :-)
+&ndash; either that, or start your own. :-)
 </p>
 
 <ul>
@@ -455,20 +295,14 @@
       O2: SGI MACE Ethernet 10/100Mbps<br/>
       O2: Adaptec AIC7880 SCSI<br/>
       O2: Serial Port<br/>
+      O2: GBE Framebuffer (4MB Framebuffer memory only!)<br/>
       Indigo2 ISA: Parallel Port Card (PC-Style)<br/>
       Indigo2 ISA: NE2000 Compatible 10Mbps NIC (RTL8019)
     </ti>
     <ti>
       Indy: I2C/VINO subsystem &amp; IndyCam<br/>
       Indigo2 EISA: 3COM 3c597 10/100Mbps<br/>
-      O2: GBE Framebuffer<br/>
       O2: PCI Slot<br/>
-      Octane: Keyboard<br/>
-      Octane: Mardi Gras (MGRAS) Graphics<br/>
-      Octane: QLogic ISP1040B SCSI<br/>
-      Octane: RAD1 Audio<br/>
-      Octane: SMP Support<br/>
-      Octane: V6/V8/V10/V12 Graphics (Odyssey)<br/>
       Origin: IOC3 Ethernet 10/100Mbps<br/>
       Origin: QLogic ISP1020 SCSI<br/>
       O2 PCI: ALi 5273 USB 2.0 (Req. Kernel &gt;=2.6.8.1)
@@ -476,36 +310,33 @@
     <ti>
       (1)Indy/Indigo2: Impact &amp; Extreme/XZ graphics chipsets<br/>
       Indy: Phobos G130 10/100Mbps NIC<br/>
+      Indy ThunderLAN card<br/>
       Indigo2: GIO64 Slots<br/>
       Indigo2: Phobos G160 10/100Mbps NIC<br/>
       Challenge S: WD33C95A SCSI Adapter/RJ-45 Daughter Card<br/>
       O2: VICE Subsystem
+      Octane: Keyboard<br/>
+      Octane: Mardi Gras (MGRAS) Graphics<br/>
+      Octane: QLogic ISP1040B SCSI<br/>
+      Octane: RAD1 Audio<br/>
+      Octane: SMP Support<br/>
+      Octane: V6/V8/V10/V12 Graphics (Odyssey)<br/>
     </ti>
   </tr>
 </table>
 
-<note>
-(1) Work has begun on porting the ImpactSR to the Indigo2 Impact (IP28)
-workstation.  At the moment, it's early days, and the driver is not functional
-yet, but this may change in the coming months.<br/>
-Likewise with Extreme graphics... a few people were starting to look into
-writing drivers for this chipset.  Nothing has been released yet, but we may
-see something in the not too distant future.<br/>
-We will update this page if such a driver is released.
-</note>
-
 </body>
 </section>
 </chapter>
 
 <chapter>
-<title>Cobalt Servers -- Stable</title>
+<title>Cobalt Servers &ndash; Stable</title>
 <section>
 <body>
 
 <p>
 The Cobalt servers are a set of machines all based around the QED RM523[01]
-CPU.  They came in two varieties, the RaQ -- a rackmounted model, and the Qube,
+CPU.  They came in two varieties, the RaQ &ndash; a rackmounted model, and the Qube,
 a small desktop model (1ft. cube).  The big difference between these systems
 and the SGI systems above, is that these systems are <e>little endian</e>
 (<c>mipsel</c>) as opposed to <e>big endian</e> (<c>mips</c>).
@@ -525,27 +356,12 @@
 <ul>
   <li><b>Processor:</b> QED RM5231 @ 250MHz</li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Version Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Stable</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Stable</e></li>
       <li>64-bit: <e>Highly Experimental</e></li>
     </ul>
   </li>
-  <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Stable</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
 </ul>
 
 </body>
@@ -553,7 +369,7 @@
 </chapter>
 
 <chapter>
-<title>Cobalt Servers -- Experimental</title>
+<title>Cobalt Servers &ndash; Experimental</title>
 <section>
 <title>Raq 2700 (a.k.a Raq 1)</title>
 <body>
@@ -561,27 +377,12 @@
 <ul>
   <li><b>Processor:</b> QED RM5230 @ 150MHz</li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Version Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Experimental</e></li>
       <li>64-bit: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
     </ul>
   </li>
-  <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Experimental</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
 </ul>
 
 </body>
@@ -589,45 +390,28 @@
 </chapter>
 
 <chapter>
-<title>Cobalt Servers -- Unsupported</title>
+<title>Cobalt Servers &ndash; Unsupported</title>
 <section>
 <title>Qube 2700 (a.k.a Qube 1)</title>
 <body>
 
 <p>
 The Qube 2700 was the first of this whole subarchitecture.  Unfortunately, it
-lacks a serial port, making installation at present, damn near impossible.
-We're looking into ways we can support this system, but as none of the
-developers have access to one of these machines, we have no way to test our
-efforts.  You may wish to have a look at <uri
-link="http://www.metzner.org/projects/qube/">Jan Metzner's page</uri> for more
-information.
+lacks a serial port, making installation at present, damn near impossible. You
+may wish to have a look at <uri
+link="http://web.archive.org/web/20060716160139/http://metzner.org/projects/qube/">
+Jan Metzner's page</uri> for more information.
 </p>
 
 <ul>
   <li><b>Processor:</b> QED RM5230 @ 150MHz</li>
   <li>
-    <b>Kernel Version Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
-      <li>Linux 2.6: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
-  <li>
     <b>Kernel Architecture Support:</b>
     <ul>
       <li>32-bit: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
       <li>64-bit: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
     </ul>
   </li>
-  <li>
-    <b>Userland Support:</b>
-    <ul>
-      <li>o32: <e>Untested In Gentoo</e></li>
-      <li>n32: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-      <li>n64: <e>Not Available In Gentoo</e></li>
-    </ul>
-  </li>
 </ul>
 
 </body>





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