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Iyonix Linux installations at South East show

By Chris Williams. Published: 15th Oct 2003, 20:49:54 | Permalink | Printable

'cat; cp; shutdown -r' while you wait

Debian logoPeter Naulls of ARM Linux on Iyonix fame will be offering an Iyonix Linux installation service this Saturday at the UK RISC OS South East show.

Peter will be installing kernel 2.4.19-rmk7-ds3-pn1 and the Debian ARM distribution.

"I will be able to perform a limited number of Iyonix Linux installations at the show, but you must book with me in advance, and give me details of whether you wish to repartition your drive, or install a new drive for Linux", Peter told us this week.

Also, we've recently learnt of one online XScale powered Iyonix. Reader Jaco van Iterson performed a network install in order to get ARM Linux onto his machine.


ARM Linux and Debian ARM resources website Peter Naulls is a drobe.co.uk editor

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Knoppix/ARM would be a pretty nice thing to have, would it not?

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 16/10/03 7:22PM
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Perhaps. I don't know how realistic it would be. The difference with regular Debian is its focus on lots of architectures.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 16/10/03 8:42PM
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How viable is it to run X applications on an Iyonix? Are things like the Gimp, Mozilla, OpenOffice, xsane, rocks and diamonds, xpdf and so on actually usable?

The notes on www.chocky.org/linux.html say that the framebuffer driver is slow and produces incorrect colours. Is this serious? Is it high up on the to-do list?

Cheers, Phil :monkey:

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 13/11/03 11:15AM
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It doesn't mean you quote word for word what you wrote on TIB forums. I gave you a clue there with "specific questions". And what does "actually usable" mean?

But you've already half answered your own question - the notes say the driver is slow, therefore we can assume that anything that uses graphical output will also suffer.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 13/11/03 11:49AM
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Actually usable? What do you think I mean? Usable for every day use! I'm not after benchmarks, just the general feel - which is hard to put as a specific question, because by its nature it isn't that specific.

Would running Mozilla be like stirring treacle, formatting and scrolling Slashdot comments? Could I airbrush a smiley face in the Gimp, or apply a complex filter to a scanned photo without having to come back after dinner? Do the colour problems render this irrelevant anyway?

If you were comparing the typical feel of running X apps against RISC OS apps, which Acorn model would it feel closest to? An A3000 in Mode 21? An A7000? A Kinetic? By feel I mean dragging windows around, response to icon clicks, screen redraw, etc.

How does performance compare to a recent PC running linux? How about a P300 with a reasonable graphics card and, say, 192MB RAM (which, for many tasks - a bit sluggish and the occasional period of thumb twiddling, but just within the boundaries of "actually usable").

Basically, would I be better using a naff old PC to run X applications?

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 13/11/03 12:52PM
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Now that I have the accelerated NVidia X driver working; all these things are sensibly useable, although it'll never be the same super smoothness you see in RISC OS window handling, but still very nice. More soon.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 17/12/03 9:44AM
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Excellent! Good work Peter.

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 17/12/03 12:15PM
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