My goal is to make Linux/PPC run on the motherboard I've got.
On Wed, 19 May 2004, my LongTrail died.
It suddenly locked up, and still boots into Open Firmware, but loading a kernel image (from IDE disk or from MESH SCSI) makes it lock up immediately without any OF output :-( So I won't be able to do any more development or testing on CHRP or PPC.
Bye bye! I had a great time on PPC, and it served me well for almost 7 years!
|Motherboard||IBM Long Trail Reference Design compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||IBM PowerPC 604ev, 200 MHz||Yes||Yes|
|L2-cache||512KB Pipelined Burst Synchronous SRAM||Yes||Yes|
|Main Memory||2 x 64 MB DIMM 3.3V 2-bank SDRAM||Yes||Yes|
|(EDO or SDRAM, I have both to test :-)|
|IDE||2 channels enhanced IDE (Ultra/33)||Yes||Yes|
|SCSI||Apple MESH (Macintosh Enhanced SCSI Hardware)||Yes||Yes|
|Dawicontrol DC-2976UW (Symbios 53c875 based)||No||Yes|
|System Bus||4 32-bit PCI slots||Yes||Yes|
|Networking||D-Link DE530-CT (DEC 21041 based)||No||Yes|
|Video||Diamond Stealth 64 Video 3000 (S3 Vision968 based)||No||No|
|ATI Xclaim 3D (3D RAGE II +DVD based, 4MB SGRAM)||Yes||Yes (incl. X)|
|Hard drive||Quantum Fireball TMS3200 3.2 GB Ultra-SCSI||Yes||Yes|
|Quantum Viking II 4.5 GB Ultra2Wide-SCSI||No||Yes|
|CD-ROM drive||Plextor PX-12TSi SCSI||Yes||Yes|
|Tape drive||Hewlett Packard C1536A DDS SCSI||Yes||Yes|
|Floppy drive||Sony 3.5" 1.44 MB||Yes||Yes|
|Keyboard||Cherry US-QWERTY Windows 95 3000 series PS/2 (with free extra modifiers for X :-)||Yes||Yes|
|Serial||2 PC-style DB9||Yes||Yes|
|2 Mac-style SCC|
|Apple Desktop Bus||No devices attached anymore||Yes||Yes|
|Mouse||Logitech Pilot PS/2 (+ serial adapter)||Yes|
|Open Firmware||FirmWorks, 3.0, 512KB Flash ROM (Am29F040)|
Please note that a `No' in the table above means `not yet'. Empty entries mean `untested' or `irrelevant'.
Hopefully the features from the bleeding edge source tree will migrate soon to the official Linux kernel sources maintained by Linus Torvalds.
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 10:26:54 +0200 From: Edmund Humenberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.development.system, comp.os.linux.hardware, de.comp.os.linux.hardware Subject: PowerPC 604e 233 Mhz motherboard avail! 800,- USD Dear hackers! CHRP Motherboards with 233 MHz CPU are available for hackers now. Linux does run on this board. For more infos on the board and running Linux on it see http://users.telenet.be/geertu/Linux/PPC/ If you want to get one board, please ask ASAP email@example.com I will place a bunch order with the manufactorer of the MB. Please understand that Linux/CHRP is not yet for users. This offer is for developers/hackers/get-kernel-diry. There is not yet such thing as a distribution. With this motherboard you can build a complete system for almost half the price an Apple with the same performance would cost :) PS: The number of boards is limited, so: first come, first serve yours edUnfortunately no more boards are available :-(
Correction: 10 additional PowerPC boards are available
From: Edmund Humenberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Geert Uytterhoeven <email@example.com> Subject: New PwerPC boards available! Hello PowerPC and Linux friends! Finally prox. 10 additional PowerPC boards are available! Please contact everyone who showed interest in getting one. Price 800 USD. 225 Mhz 604e Processors Like ever since, first come, first serve. http://users.telenet.be/geertu/Linux/PPC/ contains infos about the board. ed PS: Does this team have enough resources and qualification to make his own board? (if PIOS can do it, why should this be a problem for this team of highly qualified people :) I would take the part for getting all parts together and getting a manufacturer for it) But we definitely need the EE knowledge and tools to debug, simulate and change design for the board (as some parts will be no longer available). And we need some OF :)