anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

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anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby surrealdeal » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:48 pm

i keep reading conflicting information that 'openbsd now supports x on MIPS' as well as 'bsd is text only on octanes'


I wanted to see if using only the unaccelerated framebuffer would give me x11 on a defective card that causes segfaults under irix.

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Re: anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby miod » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:47 pm

surrealdeal wrote:i keep reading conflicting information that 'openbsd now supports x on MIPS' as well as 'bsd is text only on octanes'


I wanted to see if using only the unaccelerated framebuffer would give me x11 on a defective card that causes segfaults under irix.

OpenBSD supports X on some SGI systems, but unfortunately at the moment the Octane (and anything with Impact or V6/8/10/12, really) isn't part of them.
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Re: anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby guardian452 » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:00 pm

framebuffer X works on octane with gentoo linux, at least it did circa 2006/7 (in the stone ages :) ). A basic KDE desktop (also from around the same time) was actually quite usable on a dual 195. Don't ask me how to set it up :( as I had quite a bit of assistance from a guru but it is possible. I don't know if you can do it with a modern version of linux.

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Re: anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby surrealdeal » Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:46 pm

guardian452 wrote:framebuffer X works on octane with gentoo linux.


This is a better tip than what I was mentally doing: assuming I'd be stuck with only a kernel.


oh ontology, you misguide me once more.

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Re: anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby armanox » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:58 pm

I used to run Gentoo Linux on an Octane at college (2GB RAM, 2x300MHz Procs, 18GB HDD) - but framebuffer X is really horrible.
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Re: anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby guardian452 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:58 pm

Compared to my pentium MMX that I had to compare it to, and if you stick with nothing more graphically intensive than xterm and a browser, etc (in 2006 the www was not the fat pig it is now) it was not horrible at all :) ISTR glxgears being able to run without too much tearing.

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Re: anyone have linux / bsd +x11 running on their octane

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:58 pm

glxgears is laughably inadequate as a test of 3D functionality, though - and software GL makes the baby Jesus cry even on a relatively modern CPU. That said, if you don't intend to do any 3D or use fancy compositing-window-manager glitz, framebuffer X can be pretty adequate; I've gotten usable results (even to the point of running Dillo quite comfortably and Midori not so comfortably) running OpenBSD on a 133MHz SPARC box from 1995, so anything more powerful than that should do perfectly well.
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