On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM, Matt Turner <mattst88@...> wrote:
> I'm going to be working on Gentoo/MIPS. I'm planning to provide N32
> stages, and I want to know what kind of MIPS hardware people have to
> run Gentoo. With this info, I should be able to better prioritize the
> So please reply with what kind of hardware you've got.
Thanks everybody for your responses.
A bit of background: MIPS has 3 ABIs: o32, n32, n64. o32 is the common
denominator, but is pretty inefficient. See . As I suspected, all
the hardware people care about can use the n32 ABI, which is quite a
To summarize the hardware collection
- 5 MIPS III/Loongson little-endian STMicroelectronics systems (Lemote, Gdium)
- 11 MIPS IV big-endian SGI systems
- 3 MIPS IV little-endian Cobalt systems
- 2 MIPS64 selectable-endian Broadcom systems
I've got a working n32 big-endian installation, and am preparing an
n32 little-endian installation at the moment. Once these are set up,
I'll start preparing some n32 stages.
I think first priority should be mips4 big-endian. From there, I don't
know whether I should build a mips4-le stage for cobalt systems, or a
mips3-le stage that would work for cobalt and Loongson. Do we know of
any plain MIPS III little-endian hardware?
Also, the MIPS port is going to be pretty unmaintainable until we can
kill off ~mips from ACCEPT_KEYWORDS. Currently, attempting to upgrade
almost anything causes something to break.
What do you guys think?