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FREESCO Support • View topic - PPC Port

PPC Port

Remember this is a 1.44Mb floppy disk router, space is limited.

Postby EyeMWing » Fri Feb 28, 2003 5:49 pm

FreeSCO is probably the greatest little distro out there, but it lacks one thing. Cross-platform capabilities. Now, as soon as I can locate a pair of PCI NIC's with PPC *nix drivers and obtain an IDE controller card, I'm going to embark upon this myself, but a little official support would be nice.

I figure it should take somthing to the tune of:
A kernel recompile
The replacement of the drivers with PPC compatible versions stolen from somthing like Debian PPC.
The replacement of the loading mechanism with somthing like LiLo (Or whatever Debian PPC uses)

Now I'm no programmer and have no clue what technicalities are involved, but if I can just get it to start boot and then panic the kernel, I'll be a very happy person (As someone with less tinker time and more skill could take over)

The reasons behind porting to PPC is quite simple, there is a HUGE amount of surplus early PPC PCI macs out there now that everybody is phasing them out for G3's and G4's, and in many cases, these are easier to find than surplus 486's (Because 486's aren't junk anymore, and everyone and his dog wants one for broadband routing it seems) or even Pentium class PC's. As it stands, PPC *nix requires no changes to the applications run by the OS, so compatability is prettymuch assured once you can get it booted.

m68k Macs are far easier to find than PPC macs on the surplus market, but NONE of them have PCI slots, and at a max, they have one proprietary COM slot meant for a single NIC, making them worthless for FreeSCO's primary intent.

I'll work on it.

-Tony
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Postby ShadowHawke » Thu Mar 27, 2003 5:36 pm

A perfect world would mean WinOS would be open source. Of course if it were, that would mean it was Linux.<br><br>Eric Schuetz (circa: March 26, 2003)<br><br><a href='http://shadowpc.serveftp.com' target='_blank'>http://shadowpc.homelinux.com</a>
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