Subject: Re: NetBSD and MCS based RS6000 machines
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Ernst J. du Toit <>
List: port-powerpc
Date: 02/15/2000 22:23:27
As far as I know that MCA stuff is still under patent, you know those thousands
of patients IBM is so famous for :-) Anyway, I assume this will mean NDA

Maybe now that IBM is going after the Linux market in such a big way they
might change that to get a Linux port for the MCA boxes. Maybe then GPL will
come the the rescue and let us have access... all pigs standing by and ready
for take off.

If there is anyone with access to IBM literature, they might find the following

        POWERserver Hardware Technical Information General Architectures
        IBM Publication Number (SA23-2643-02)
(This book was written by Steve Thurber, anyone know if he is still with IBM?)

another reference is:

        RISC System/6000 PowerPC System Architecture
        circa 1994. Sorry no publication info...


On 15-Feb-00 David Brownlee wrote:
>       We need someone to start harassing (in the nicest way) IBM to see
>       if they can obtain any docs. This could be time consuming but
>       would be a necessary step so we have the info for the port.
>       Also scouring the web to see if there are any docs available
>       online would be useful...
>       Interested in the job? :)
>               David/absolute