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Re: 2.3.99-pre3 and potato on SPARCBook3

On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Phil Brutsche wrote:

> A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far way, someone said...
> > Boots and runs dandy-rific. Seeing Tux with the sun on his belly brought
> > tears to my eyes (no, really, it did). Haven't got X working but will play
> > with that shortly. Debian installation as a whole was fine except for
> > borkenness of serial console under 2.2.x (no matter how much you pretend,
> > it's just not a vt100).
> Oh?  It seems to work fine for me on my IPX.

The SPARCBook 3 is a SPARC-based laptop (similar in speed to an SS5); it
doesn't have any of the standard SPARC framebuffers. It's got a Weitek
P9100; 2.2.x kernels support the console only using the atrocious serial
console mode (try booting your IPX with a sun4c, not a sun4cdm, debian
kernel image to get an idea what this is like, since the sun4c image also
doesn't use fbconsole). The 2.3 kernel, thanks to fine work by Derrick
Brashear here at CMU, supports the Weitek in fbconsole, and runs X
(unaccelerated for now). 

> > One problem: dhcp seems to have broken. Both pump and dhcpcd fail,
> > although you can configure a static interface fine and it seems to work. 
> Are you using the pump and dhcpcd from slink, or is this a potato system?

Yeah, sorry, potato all the way. Thought i mentioned that but i seem to
have left it out :)

Ari Heitner

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