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Iyonix Linux updated

By Chris Williams. Published: 30th Jul 2003, 03:03:22 | Permalink | Printable

DMA enabled IDE, IRQs behaving

After an initial establishing release, the Iyonix Linux project has announced further developments this week. A recent release features the following improvements:
  • Fully working IDE with DMA enabled by default
  • IRQs fully working (no need to move the USB card)
  • Plus, various other minor improvements


The project, which is still in its early stages, is currently distributing version 2.4.19-rmk7-ds3-pn1 of the Linux kernel for the XScale powered Iyonix hardware. Users are recommended to thoroughly read through the documentation on the project's website before trying out the Iyonix Linux port as there are a few issues users need to be aware of.

We're told a suitable Debian distribution for the Iyonix is in the works.

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Out of interest, what *is* the point in running Linux on an Iyonix?

 is a RISC OS UserKinnison on 6/8/03 7:12PM
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It's a laugh isn't it, I assume it's not too different in price from various xscale evalution boards, plus the whole cross compile from arm linux to risc os thing that's going on. And it's quiet, low heat output, great for weather like this. Plus Gb networking.

I think it's really for people with 2 iyonixen :- ) (you're not turning my smilies into graphics damnit)

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 7/8/03 12:57AM
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I suppose the cross-compile is a possible 'worthwhile'

As for quiet, low heat output, try a Via C3 based MicroITX system. Gb networking can be added to that cheaply and the overall machine will be faster and less expensive than an Iyonix.

Just seems a little daft to spend all that dosh on an ostensibly fast RISC OS box, only to put Linux on it.

 is a RISC OS UserKinnison on 7/8/03 9:47AM
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Are you suggesting that Castle customers might be daft? *GASP* :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 7/8/03 2:43PM
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Running Linux on Iyonix might encourage a few users who would rather have one box on their desk rather than two. It would be great to be able to run RISC OS and Linux at the same time, rather than dual boot though. I agree with kinnison, you'd really have to want it on ARM to not get some other UNIX/Linux box which would be faster, cheaper and better supported.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 7/8/03 5:53PM
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There's no doubt that if you want a fast Linux machine you get a PC (or Mac if you want fast and expensive :-), but as Kin has suggested there are a variety of niches that a faster desktop ARM machine can fill.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 12/8/03 8:37PM
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With linux on the Iyonix I can develop ARM software that I otherwise would develop on a windows machine with a ARM board connected to it by serial cable.

 is a RISC OS UserJaco on 8/10/03 7:03PM
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