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Re: Native Inferno for the PC?
- Subject: Re: Native Inferno for the PC?
- From: tedk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Problems with NATIVE Inferno for the PC Two main problems exist with native Inferno for the PC (we've run it and thanks to help from Lucent made it work -- sort of) 1) There is no well defined target for the native Inferno to run on -- since it needs to support the devices directly without intervention by Windows or the like there need to be Inferno drivers for each device 2) There is no native file system -- hence you need to boot the PC from some host which at the present time apparently must be UNIX (possibly including LINUX) These two features make the Native Inferno for the PC a bit of a problem to implement at present Are there possible solutions to the problems? I've got a couple of suggestions -- comments are appreciated 1) a)Pick a standard set of PC parameters (P-166, 8 MB RAM, 1 GB IDE disk (on board controller) with PCI bus with Soundblaster 16 audio card or on board, with PCI bus video card Stealth 64 2 MB VRAM or equivalent (maybe just spec S-3 chips set) with 2 serial ports + parallel port (or maybe just USB) with some standard network card such as 3-COM and with CD-ROM reader b)with DOS for boot and for diagnostics of zPC state and with files stored using DOS FAT c) build a minimal Inferno console routine into the boot for chosing network addresses and other critical parameters and to provide a place for error messages to be displayed 2) distribute this on CD-ROM for use with DOS FAT 3) load by copying to DOS directory inferno 4) boot by invoking Inferno command 5) Native Inferno takes over and boots (pun) out DOS (except for usinf DOS file structure) -- voila no need for UNIX box to boot (another pun) This lets people develop for a realtively stsandard PC platform without worying about using EMU and without the problems associated with Native Inferno today (no way to boot directly and no way to store files) Later if you want to actually run on still more primative a PC environment (no DOS files and no CD-ROM no hard drive with 2 MB or so of memeory) you could quite esily make the transition Comments? Ted Kochanski At 11:06 PM 12/26/96 +1300, you wrote: >>Reply-To: email@example.com >> >>hi, >>i'm wondering is there a planned or existing distribution of native >>inferno disribution on PC platform. >> >>artem >> >> > >Hello Artem! > >I have no idea. > >Karun >--------------- > > > >Message Signature: >_________________________________________________________________________ > >Karun Sathaiah Phone : +64 9 820 0360 >P.O. Box: 57-021, Fax : +64 9 820 0360 >Owairaka, Internet E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org >Auckland, New Zealand. > >Home Page URL : >1. http://shell.ihug.co.nz/~ksathiah/Muthamil_Manram.html >2. http://shell.ihug.co.nz/~ksathiah/Indian-Herbal-Petrol.HTM >_________________________________________________________________________ > > > > > > Ted *************************************************************************** Ted Kochanski, Ph.D. Sensors Signals Systems --- "Systematic Solutions to Complex Problems" http://www.sensorsys.com e-mail email@example.com phone (617) 861-6167 fax 861-0476 11 Aerial St., Lexington, MA 02173