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 Post subject: Plan 9
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:22 am 
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Hi Folks, there is a Plan 9 port getting started on the Efika MX. If you are interested in Plan 9, please let us know. The effort is being taken on by a very experienced team.

We might even see an Efika MX cluster in the not-too-distant future...

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 Post subject: Re: Plan 9
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:02 am 
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Hi Folks, there is a Plan 9 port getting started on the Efika MX. If you are interested in Plan 9, please let us know. The effort is being taken on by a very experienced team.

We might even see an Efika MX cluster in the not-too-distant future...

Best regards,
R&B
This?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs


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 Post subject: Re: Plan 9
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:33 pm 
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Hi Folks, there is a Plan 9 port getting started on the Efika MX. If you are interested in Plan 9, please let us know. The effort is being taken on by a very experienced team.

We might even see an Efika MX cluster in the not-too-distant future...

Best regards,
R&B
This?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs
Seems so! Quite interesting, I must admit :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:50 pm 
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any web page detailing the project & everything?

Interesting ...


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 Post subject: Re: Plan 9
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:46 am 
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Hi Folks, there is a Plan 9 port getting started on the Efika MX. If you are interested in Plan 9, please let us know. The effort is being taken on by a very experienced team.
What a coincidence! I just ran into it last week while browsing the FreeBSD ports collection and put it on my ToDo list, as a very interesting concept to check out. So it's definitely on my radar, and would be happy to give it a try on my EFIKA.
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We might even see an Efika MX cluster in the not-too-distant future...
Something like the HDB ( https://www.genesi-usa.com/products/hdb ) but on ARM would be definitely very interesting. I use this model already in Hungary: http://www.supermicro.com/products/syst ... A-HTRF.cfm And this part of the world usually lags behind in technology. So there is definitely a market for low power server clusters. And Ubuntu 11.10 will also have an ARM Server edition in preparation for 12.04 when an LTS of ARM Server will be released.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:42 am 
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Hmm, just stumbled upon the developer program to propose the plan9 porting.But it seems you are working on it already.
I wanted to do it for a beagleboard but the contest is now closed.So let me know whether i can qualify for developer program ?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:37 pm 
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Hmm, just stumbled upon the developer program to propose the plan9 porting.But it seems you are working on it already.
I wanted to do it for a beagleboard but the contest is now closed.So let me know whether i can qualify for developer program ?
You may propose it; it doesn't hurt at all to submit your proposal. Whether it gets accepted is something else entirely. Nothing happened with Plan9 so far (it wasn't an internal Genesi project).

One thing to bear in mind for proposing projects is that you absolutely must be capable of doing the work you propose. We have had many, many people propose porting an OS (NetBSD, FreeBSD, etc. etc.) and take the hardware and do nothing with it because they use the excuse that they "cannot find documentation."

Unfortunately we cannot provide the schematics to the board and the only publicly documented description of the operation of the hardware (besides the MX51 or MX53 user manuals which are on Freescale's website, security engine notwithstanding as it is export restricted) is the Linux kernel we provide.

If you've ported an OS before (for instance there was one NetBSD project for the Efika 5200B PPC board, which got quite far) then this is all fairly easy, however if it's your first project porting an OS to new hardware.. or that hardware is not exactly supported already (for the PPC board, it was easier since other Freescale PPC SoCs were already supported, however someone had to do the work to get the MPC85xx support working in the first place) it will be rather an uphill struggle. Is there any Plan9 support for i.MX processors of any kind? Workable support for any Cortex-A8 based SoC? If you didn't do Plan9 for OMAP3, did anyone, and if so, where did they get?

That's kind of what has to go into it.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:04 am 
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plan9 is supposedly working on omap3 (usb too) but no flash support (only pxe boot).
arch dependent code:-
http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sources/plan ... rc/9/omap/


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:24 am 
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plan9 is supposedly working on omap3 (usb too) but no flash support (only pxe boot).
arch dependent code:-
http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sources/plan ... rc/9/omap/
Looks reasonable; some of that code would carry across pretty easily.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:53 pm 
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Hi all!

I'm one of the guys bbrv was talking about in the original post. A combination of travel, funding, and simple lack of time have made for a slow start on the port, although I managed to get a Plan 9 kernel booting up to the point of enabling the timers, at which point it went off the rails.

I'm going to try and send a system off to the guy who did the OMAP port... hopefully the allure of a Plan 9 ARM netbook will be strong enough for us to get this done. For my part, I think I'll take one home this holiday weekend and see what I can figure out.

Thanks for your patience, I hope we may have some more updates here soon!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:01 am 
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Hi all!

I'm one of the guys bbrv was talking about in the original post. A combination of travel, funding, and simple lack of time have made for a slow start on the port, although I managed to get a Plan 9 kernel booting up to the point of enabling the timers, at which point it went off the rails.

I'm going to try and send a system off to the guy who did the OMAP port... hopefully the allure of a Plan 9 ARM netbook will be strong enough for us to get this done. For my part, I think I'll take one home this holiday weekend and see what I can figure out.

Thanks for your patience, I hope we may have some more updates here soon!
Hi !

I did a lot of work with Plan9 in the past and knows my way around the Efika. If you need ideas / help just let me know.

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