List Archive: gentoo-mips
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After lots of tinkering, testing and other odd n' ends, I released on Tuesday a
new revision of the SGI LiveCD. Like its predecessor, RC4, this is a single CD
that will boot and bring up several completely different SGI systems to a state
where an install can be started.
This is one of those golden states long desired in the Linux/MIPS community, as
previously, the only other bootable CD's capable of doing this is IRIX install
media. This CD is still considered RC for the time begin as several of the
supported systems can be tricky at times to get started. Most notably, the SGI
Origin (IP27) series.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this CD is in its creation -- it was
largely built using the upcoming 2.0 release of gentoo's release engineering
tool, Catalyst. Much thanks goes to Eric Edgar (rocket) and Chris Gianelloni
(wolf31o2) of the gentoo-releng team for their assistance on the Catalyst2 side
of things (this helped to nail several bugs in cat2 as well).
Additional thanks is extended to Stanislaw Skowronek (Skylark) for his ARCLoad
(sys-boot/arcload) [bootloader], sgibootcd (sys-boot/sgibootcd) [CD Image
Creator], and getdvhoff (sys-boot/getdvhoff) [utility] tools used in this CD, or
in its creation, as well as to 'learath' of #mipslinux for SGI Origin testing
More info can be found in the README regarding questions, comments and bugs.
Initially, this can be found in my dev directory here:
But it will soon be up onto the mirrors under the experimental/mips folder.
Gentoo/MIPS Team Lead
Gentoo Foundation Board of Trustees
"Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands
do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere." --Elrond
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