Frank Smith frank.smith at
Thu Nov 25 04:09:09 EST 1999


Forgive me as a mostly silent interested party...

Please believe me their are people out here desperately wanting Linux on PPC MVME cards.
Our problems are that we cannot necessarily afford to input to ports etc but even on such 
relatively luxurious cards space and speed can and will be a problem.  We have code which 
when running native takes up most of a card with 32 M Byte RAM and must run in less then 20 ms.

If you don't do it we will be stuck with Motorola some time next century and I gave up on one
of their OSes before we started with Lynx OS which is now driving us *!?%*! mad! 

Good Luck


>>> Magnus Damm <damm at> 24/11/99 10:26:08 >>>

> I have a ADS8xx board and I downloaded kernel source mpc8xx-2.2.13.tgz
> from Can you tell me how to port it to ADS8xx board and
> make a bootrom of Linux?
> I am a newbie, so please tell something in detail.

First of all: Check the revision of the board and the cpu.
If you have a 860, find a cpu with revision C or later.
If you have a ADS with rev. ENG, PILOT or A you will have some trouble.

I have had linux up and running on a ADS board.
A good starting point is to read the manual and check what differs from the FADS. 

I have bootcode that is based on fadsrom by Dan Malek.
It is kind of a mess right now, but it should support both 
the ADS and the FADS board using 860(t).
It loads a zImage or vmlinux from a ATA-FLASH or the onboard flash-simm.
It understands ext2 and dos.
No network support, though.

I can mail the source to anyone who is interested.
You will need a linux source tree and a (cross)compiler.

But I have no time for answers.

Good luck /

magnus damm

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