sbget wrote:Howdy All,
I remember people running Linux on Indy systems in the past. I was wondering if any was able to get Linux working on an Octane? If you were, how difficult was it?
pentium wrote:I gotta agree on VP in this one.
You can get Linux to work but it is rather useless and crippled.
If you can get hold of a copy of Irix (not here though) you will be better off.
tillin9 wrote:The Octane isn't quite as crippled under Linux as some posters have suggested.
tillin9 wrote:Impact based cards have some degree of X acceleration. The VPro cards don't, however.
tillin9 wrote:...That means Radeon X1550s (or whatever's the best PC PCI video card with Linux drivers around) for our SGIs. I'm fairly sure an X1550 is better than a V12 for the vast majority of video tasks.
tillin9 wrote:Anyway... the point is that Linux support for SGIs is being worked on and will get better as time goes on.
tillin9 wrote:@Chatuser - Yea, Debian's kernel is based on either Linux-MIPS or the mainline tree and hence won't work on an Octane. As I said, the necessary patches are in Gentoo's repositories. You can use a Gentoo kernel with Debian, but actually getting it on the Octane would be a little tricky. I'd recommend doing something like installing on an O2 or Indy (which Debian supports very well) then compiling a Gentoo kernel for the Debian disk and transplanting it into your Octane.
pip wrote:I just can't get the bootloader working though--it says booting system, but nothing happens.
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