Subject: Re: 1380 LINUX DEBUTS ON POWERPC - BUT POWER MAC PORT IS STILL THWARTED (fwd)
To: Jeremy C. McDermond <mcdermj@PEAK.ORG>
From: Markus Illenseer <email@example.com>
Date: 07/22/1995 12:01:16
Jeremy C. McDermond wrote:
> Their PC Division simultaneously released their Model 580's - they're
> also a PPC 604 based PCI bus box. Standard features are:
> 540 Mb IDE drive
> Built in Ethernet
> Built in 1280x1024 graphics adapter
> Built in sound
> 16 Mb memory
A all-in-one box? Yucc. I have seen and used the FirePower Systems, and
still dislike the all-in-one idea of both, IBM's big- and sandalfoot as
well as FirePower ES Series. If the new IBM is similar to the older boxes,
I will probably stick to original Motorola boards - Baby AT standard sized
motherboard with nothing onboard, you only need to get you beloved PCI VGA,
Ethernet, whatever plugged into the board, thats it.
> Basically the only thing you have to do is add monitor. These specs are
> off the top of my head - see http://www.ibm.com for more exact info.
> List price on these beasts are $2750, which isn't bad all things
> cut throat resellers will be selling them for cheaper. I've considered
> getting one myself - but - well - even $2750 is a little spendy for me.
That's why I want a naked bareboned motherboard... I dont need sound or
cheap VGA (they are tricking you anyway, most part of the VGA is done by
> >I'm still trying to find a cheaper PREP or CHRP based box with PCI/ISA
> >busses the IBM 40P series is not priced for my pocket - I heard of a
> >Tatung clone though... keep my ear to the ground.
Tatung? Interesting. Canon seems to be involved, too.
But now, let us speak about a port of NetBSD to PPC. Most PowerPC have a
common base, the forth-interpreter which is resoponsible for the PCI
drivers and such. So all we really need is to interfere with this
interface to make a common base available for all of these boxes - not just
on of them.