linux boot/root disks, freeBsd errors, SGI speeds, deschall + quake

Eating Before Swimming (mathboy@sizone.org)
Wed, 14 May 1997 06:03:06 -0400 (EDT)


Hi there, I finally got around to reading the URL my friend kept
shoving at me, and now Im in! And its not just for the money... ;)
Got questions, and some other comments. I've tried to make this
legible. :)

Linux 1 or 2 floppy boot(/root) w/no scary FIPSing?
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I have about 2.1M k/s worth of machines going at it right now, but the
biggy is thru my housemate, who partly owns a network gaming business
near the U and has 8 or 12 P166s sitting there doing nothing for 16
hours a day. (some 4 to 6M+- keys/s of power)

I will:

* promise him $money if I win ;)
* lend him a modem (14.4! heh. When I joined, I saw somewhere it said
"a serious network connection" on the web pages... i thought, "how much
bandwidth this thing require?". I ran it to find out. Must be
under 1k per transaction with the server... anyone know?)
* scam him a free ppp account thru a client I consult for ;)
* setup a nice easy bootable linux networking kernel on a disk to setup
PPP and act as a router for all the other Win/Lose95 machines -OR-
set them all up running linux with boot disks (hell I dont mind
making 8 or 16 (or 12 or 24) boot/root disks for them.

However - anyone have an idea of HOW to do this on a COUPLE floppies? I
dont want to create new partitions. They have 100s of megs of games
they've paid for and dont want to go thru the pain of reinstallation if
I munge something. They are a business, I have to guarantee I wont
destroy anything. Im not about to FIPS their partitions.

A pair of floppies, or better, one disk for each machine would be IDEAL.
Any ideas? Is it possible? How big would deschall for linux be
STATICALLY linked (too huge to bother, I spose - I guess the libc-lite
stuff is probably best to get everything onto one floppy?)

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Bragging + Benchmarks for SGI gear:
""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" I am also trying to assemble other
servers I have access to, possible up to my personally controlled total
of 8Mk/s - a couple friends of mine I've talked with briefly could
bring this up to at least 20Mk/s for our pooled efforts... a graphics
labs' machines ;) - O2s, Indys - whats an Indigo's performance? I am
STUNNED that the Sparc20 I have access to is about equal to my DX4/100
which is also playing).

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BSD LIBC.SO.2.2 missing?!:
"""""""""""""""""""""""""" I'm no FreeBSD expert (yet) but a system I
have access to run this on gives me "libc.so.2.2 missing" or the like.
This seems rather strange and fatal to me for anything on the system,
yet everything runs except DESCHALL for me (such as my quake servers,
which are unused anyway, and use no CPU when idle).

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LINUX SQUAKE and DESCHALL:
"""""""""""""""""""""""""" I find Linux SQuake runs at FULL SPEED when
I nice DESCHALL on my linux box to -19. -10 (normal level?) makes it
CHUNKY! I get 120kk/s at normal DESCHALL nice level while quakin', and
80kk/s with it at -19 while Im destroying braincells. (P133 w/Linux
2.0.29). But 80k is better than 0!

/kc

-- 
Ken Chase mathboy@sizone.org Sonic Interzone $free$ email/news Toronto Canada
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