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Re: donation?

On Mon, Aug 07, 2000 at 10:43:28AM -0700, Andrew R. Baker wrote:
> Last I heard, it was going to be very difficult to get programming specs
> out of SGI for the Graphics boards in the Indigo2s.  There are some
> specs available for the Elan board, but I do not know if any Indigo2s
> actually shipped with one.

Not even for the rudiments necessry to blit to it as a dumb framebuffer,
and handle VT switches?  Such simple operations can hardly be the subject
of patent protection, or whatever SGI is guarding.  (I presume it must be
something like patents, since I do not have the impression SGI is going to
be authoring closed-source XFree86 server modules for this hardware a la

Admittedly, it would be a shame to run such nice graphics hardware in such
a handicapped configuration, but it's even more of a shame not to be able
to use it at all.

G. Branden Robinson             |
Debian GNU/Linux                |    Please do not look directly into laser
branden@debian.org              |    with remaining eye.
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