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  • Debian Brought Back To Life On M68K-Based Amigas

    Phoronix: Debian Brought Back To Life On M68K-Based Amigas

    The port of Debian GNU/Linux for the Motorola 68000 processors has been revived, which now allows for a working Debian OS to run once again on computers like the Amiga 3000/4000 and Atari...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI2MTM

  • #2
    LOL, awesome! Useless, but awesome nonetheless.

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    • #3
      Funny but - whats the point?
      What is the minimum requirement for a current debian desktop system? and shouldn't it be awfully slow? I mean really awfully slow?

      It sounds to me like a fun project. Actually wasting of resources.

      Of course if I misunderstand something please correct me.

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      • #4
        Haha. Sadly my wife banished my A1200 to the attic but some time before that, I did get Gentoo running on it. I initially had some trouble getting my PCMCIA network adapter to work but some help from the m68k kernel maintainers got that going. It wasn't quite as slow as you might think but obviously I didn't compile anything on it. I did compile OpenSSH under AmigaOS itself once though, that was painful. I had considered Debian and NetBSD if I were to dig it out again but I'm much better at cross-compiling now so maybe Gentoo is still my weapon of choice.

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        • #5
          @BO$$
          The problem with posts like yours..
          No management, no optimal allocation of resources, so you end up with useless posts like this one. Waste of fucking time dude. Get a life. Post something that people want.

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          • #6
            m68k refers to the Motorola 68000 architecture.
            It refers to an architecture, not a processor.

            Linux also supports the x86 architecture which is actually a year older than the m68k architecture.

            Just because the m68k architecture was introduced in 1979 does not mean that's when the last processors were made. FreeScale Semiconductor still makes ColdFire processors based on the m68k architecture today.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
              C'mon you can't honestly say that this project has any use. It's some guy with too much time on his hands. And in case you're curios I actually do something. Like right now on Christmas. I am writing code adding a new feature in my game. A requested feature. By clients. Cause that's how normal people roll. They do things other people request. And in case you're some hippie, no, doing things that other people want is not selling out, or being a slave or whatever.
              OK if it is a total waste of time and resources then why did the Debian team spend all that time to get the m68k arch reinstated on Debian? There are people out there with Amigas and Ataris that would LOVE to resurrect those old machines and they'd spend time tinkering with Linux on those systems, so don't rain on the parade

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                C'mon you can't honestly say that this project has any use. It's some guy with too much time on his hands. And in case you're curios I actually do something. Like right now on Christmas. I am writing code adding a new feature in my game. A requested feature. By clients. Cause that's how normal people roll. They do things other people request. And in case you're some hippie, no, doing things that other people want is not selling out, or being a slave or whatever.
                No.

                You are surfing on internetz and wasting time arguing with people there.

                You bad and naughty boy, get back to your so called work and get back on it now!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                  C'mon you can't honestly say that this project has any use. It's some guy with too much time on his hands. And in case you're curios I actually do something. Like right now on Christmas. I am writing code adding a new feature in my game. A requested feature. By clients. Cause that's how normal people roll. They do things other people request. And in case you're some hippie, no, doing things that other people want is not selling out, or being a slave or whatever.
                  Does Debian working on m68k affect your life in any way?
                  If no, why the rants?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                    Well instead of doing something useless they could be doing something that affects a larger userbase. And don't tell me that everything is done so this is why they're doing niche things.
                    So you're free to work on your game instead of working on "something that affects a larger userbase", but these guys can't work on the m68k port of debian? How come?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by devius View Post
                      So you're free to work on your game instead of working on "something that affects a larger userbase", but these guys can't work on the m68k port of debian? How come?
                      It's like asking me to stop playing chess because it's only fun for me and doesn't contribute anything to *his* life.

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                      • #12
                        To all the Naysayers. Screw you. I mean that in a nice way. A 68060 based system with a Mediator and Radeon card should be able to run Debian quite nicely.

                        It's nice to see m68k in Sid now. Interesting to see the architectures that Wheezy supports versus what is in Sid.

                        Sid;
                        alpha amd64 armel armhf hurd-i386 i386 ia64 kfreebsd-amd64 kfreebsd-i386 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 s390x sh4 sparc sparc64

                        Wheezy;
                        amd64 armel armhf i386 ia64 kfreebsd-amd64 kfreebsd-i386 mips mipsel powerpc s390 s390x sparc

                        Squeeze;
                        amd64 armel i386 ia64 kfreebsd-amd64 kfreebsd-i386 mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc

                        As you can see, Wheezy is adding 'armhf' and 's390x' to it from Squeeze, though both of them are just variations on other architectures (armel with hard floating points.) And whatever S390x is. Sid supports quite a few more. Very nice.

                        m68k processors are quite nice, and putting support back for it is more than just 'old hardware'. Think of the embedded space where the Coldfire processors are still used.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kokoko3k View Post
                          @BO$$
                          The problem with posts like yours..
                          No management, no optimal allocation of resources, so you end up with useless posts like this one. Waste of fucking time dude. Get a life. Post something that people want.
                          Ahah, excellent

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                          • #14
                            I will burn in hell for that...

                            ...two days ago I moved my Amigas to attic, which really hurt me badly. And now reading news like that one I know how bad that decision was.

                            People who are still working on that stuff are my personal heroes :]
                            Great work, keep going with that! :]

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                              My game has the purpose of affecting a large userbase. Now of course, there is no guarantee. But it has the potential. While what he does only has the ability to affect a small userbase. What he does cannot become mainstream. If it were a corporation, he wouldn't be working on that since it cannot bring profits. While my game has the potential to bring profits since it's not free. There is a difference.
                              With such a reasonning wtf are you doing on a Linux site? You should be using Windows. Also, life is not about financial profit.
                              No need to answer me.

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