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From: Manuel Lauss <mano@...>
Subject: Re: MIPS32 Little-Endian softfloat packages, anyone interested?
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 07:28:43 +0200
Hi Joshua,

On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 08:36:16PM -0400, Kumba wrote:
> Manuel Lauss wrote:
>> Hello!
>> For the last 3 years I've been "maintaining" a modest collection of
>> packages for generic little-endian MIPS32 softfloat systems (mainly for my
>> Alchemy hardware).  It includes a lot of stuff which is currently 
>> use-masked
>> on MIPS (qt4, scanner support, etc; almost all run-tested on real 
>> hardware).
>> Is there interest in the Gentoo(-MIPS) community for these packages?
>> A list of packages can be found at [1] as well as the custom portage 
>> profile
>> which was used to build them at [2].
>> The package tarball is ~1.1GB in size; 90% of the packages have been built 
>> with
>> gcc-4.3.3.  Mainly generic stuff I needed to do my work plus a few
>> just-for-fun things like KDE-4.2.2 (yes it runs, but at a glacial pace).
>> Thanks!
>> 	Manuel Lauss
>> [1] 
>> http://mlau.at/files/gentoo/mips32elsf/mips32elsf-packages-090420.tar.CONTENTS
>> [2] http://mlau.at/files/gentoo/mips32elsf/mips32elsf-etc-portage.tar.bz2
>
> This is pretty neat.  Although, our focus is more on the bigger MIPS 
> workstation, like the SGI stuff and even some of the Longsoon machines.  We 
> actually have a separate team that focuses more on the embedded machines, 
> including embedded ARM, MIPS, and other related equipment.

Although Alchemys are lacking a FPU and a decent GFX accelerator, I think
performance-wise they're not that slower than SGI boxes.


> I'd post this to the gentoo-embedded list, and you might find a few people 
> over there interested.  Some of the methods you used for building these 
> packages, including any toolchain changes, eclass/ebuild changes, might be 
> useful to them over there.

I actually didn't change any ebuilds, it's as "vanilla" as the Gentoo
installations on my x64 machines (all packages have been built natively).

I'll contact the embedded folks!

Thanks!
	Manuel Lauss


References:
MIPS32 Little-Endian softfloat packages, anyone interested?
-- Manuel Lauss
Re: MIPS32 Little-Endian softfloat packages, anyone interested?
-- Kumba
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