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by miod
Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: my wall of sgi
Replies: 30
Views: 1181

Re: my wall of sgi

skywriter wrote:@moid very interesting! What kind of sw development do you do? What is the product?

I'm (way too much) involved in the development of OpenBSD on the non-mainstream architectures (i.e. non-x86). Kernel work and QA are better done with many different hardware configurations...
by miod
Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: my wall of sgi
Replies: 30
Views: 1181

Re: my wall of sgi

I guess this question goes to everyone flying a sig collection over 7-8 different machines. Damn, busted! :mrgreen: You can't possibly be using that many machines. I couldn't, I don't expect anyone else can either. Unless of course it's your job, and they really arn't your machines, you are just ma...
by miod
Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Irix Open Sourced
Replies: 72
Views: 5943

Re: Irix Open Sourced

jan-jaap wrote:I believe even IRIX had to let go of some of that when they moved to 64bit because the page size changed to 8KB ...

You sure mean 16KB - genuine Mips chips can only use even powers of two as the page size, therefore page sizes go 4KB, 16KB, 64KB, 256KB, 1MB, and so on.
by miod
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: name the next zombie to rise from the dead
Replies: 52
Views: 2774

Re: name the next zombie to rise from the dead

bri3d wrote:On a more serious note, that looks like quite the accident... or the worst nose bleed ever.

That was indeed a horrible accident last monday. Lots of blood but not much harm done ;)
by miod
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: name the next zombie to rise from the dead
Replies: 52
Views: 2774

Re: name the next zombie to rise from the dead

I now have a unique ``Octane Crimson'' here, so that's one Rackable can't use : http://miod.online.fr/octane_crimson.jpg
(WARNING: actual blood on the link, don't look if you can't stand the view of blood)
by miod
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: MicroVAX 2000
Replies: 33
Views: 3336

Re: MicroVAX 2000

The AXP 3000 wont even get through post without a keyboard. No way around that as I remember but, i doesnt matter. I beg to differ; models 3000/300 have a jumper (W2) on the motherboard, and all the other models (from 3000/400 to 3000/900) use a ``server'' SRM environment variable to let them POST ...
by miod
Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: MicroVAX 2000
Replies: 33
Views: 3336

Re: MicroVAX 2000

The AXP 3000 wont even get through post without a keyboard. No way around that as I remember but, i doesnt matter. I beg to differ; models 3000/300 have a jumper (W2) on the motherboard, and all the other models (from 3000/400 to 3000/900) use a ``server'' SRM environment variable to let them POST ...
by miod
Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: MicroVAX 2000
Replies: 33
Views: 3336

Re: MicroVAX 2000

DECstations are interesting - they're MIPS-based little-endian UNIX workstations (the VAXen will run either UNIX or VMS). Get the highest numbered model you can find (the /240 was R4k based, others were R2k/R3k). Sorry to nitpick, but the R4k based DECstation was model 5000/260. Model 240 still use...
by miod
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:58 am
Forum: Getting Started, Documentation, Tips & Tricks
Topic: Serial console on Indy - gotcha
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Serial console on Indy - gotcha

Yes, nogfxkbd is set. So it seems this is the expected behaviour? I would have thought that logically a system which has nogfxkbd set shoul default to console on serial as the administrator clearly intends to remotely administer the system. Must just be one of those quirks we all love, I suppose! T...
by miod
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: Getting Started, Documentation, Tips & Tricks
Topic: Serial console on Indy - gotcha
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Serial console on Indy - gotcha

Simply removing the keyboard ought to be enough to get a serial console, unless the ``nogfxkbd'' variable is set in the PROM environment. Could you check whether this variable is defined on your system?
by miod
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:00 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are You Waiting For The End Of The World?
Replies: 182
Views: 8169

Re: Are You Waiting For The End Of The World?

pentium wrote:I'm also more worried about 2038 than the measly 2012.
I can live without a planet to call home but without 32-bit Unix....yikes.

Don't worry, you can run a 32 bit Unix with a 64 bit time_t. Of course it might be difficult to get 64 bit time_t patches for SunOS 4 or IRIX 4 :mrgreen:
by miod
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: IBM
Topic: OS/2 redux!
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: OS/2 redux!

Rhys wrote:Not gonna happen, OS/2 is 10+ years old. That would be like HP bringing back Tru64.

Not Tru64, Ultrix! :mrgreen:
by miod
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: IBM
Topic: OS/2 redux!
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: OS/2 redux!

IBM did have SOMobjects running on AIX and OS/400, and they originally had the intention to be able to sit PresentationManager on the top of X11. Don't forget the REXX interpreter. They even had a Linux/i386 version at some point, under the name `Object REXX'. I wonder how much REXX code is still i...
by miod
Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Indy Dual Ethernet Card?
Replies: 28
Views: 716

Re: Indy Dual Ethernet Card?

I'm guessing the 68020 is to implement a more effective DMA scheme as I don't really know what sort of offloading would be worth while at 10mbit on relatively fast IP22 hardware. LANCE chips have a pretty limited 24-bit bus, so perhaps the 68k moves buffers between the on-board SRAMs and main memor...
by miod
Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: SGI: Development
Topic: OpenBSD works on SGI now
Replies: 53
Views: 3038

Re: OpenBSD works on SGI now

There's no driver for xorg, so I try http://www.linuxtogo.org/~florian/files/xf86-video-impact-4000.tar.bz2 It's no use, yet. The kernel interfaces needed by this driver are not there yet in OpenBSD (the OpenBSD Impact driver was written in a rush to meet the release deadline, and still needs some ...

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