Stephen M. Rumble <stephen.rumble <at> utoronto.ca>
2006-10-27 02:21:24 GMT
Quoting James Robinson <jmrobinson3 <at> verizon.net>:
> I just got my hands on 6 IRIS Indigo's and and Octane, The Indigo's are
> 2 R3000, 3 R4000 and one R4400.
> What can I do with NetBSD on these boxes?
The Octane won't run NetBSD, but the Indigos can. However, there is a
gotcha with the R4000 Revision 2.2 chips. They have some bugs that we
do not work around and you'll experience significant instability in
user mode. The R4400 chips aren't similarly broken, so far as I
recall. 'hinv' (perhaps with additional flags) should tell you what
revision you have, as will NetBSD when it boots.
The R3000's don't have a bootloader, but you could just make a large
enough sgivol partition and squeeze a kernel into it. They seem to run
well, or did at least the last time I tried, but you'll probably need
to use the serial console.
The only framebuffer supported on Indigo machines is the GR2 series.
Otherwise you'll have to live with the rather limited prom terminal,
or better, use a serial console.
So, what can you do with it? Well, nothing in the realm of 3D
graphics, but an Indigo would probably make a decent, albeit slow,
server of some sort.
> Does NetBSD support clustering?
There's nothing in the base system for this, so far as I'm aware, but