Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Loongson Manufacturer Calling for Software Supports
One of the Loongson manufacturer, Lemote, is now calling for software supports from all its first users.
Loongson CPU is not built on x86 but on an altered MIPS III 64-bit architecture, which is particularly named "Loongson Instruction Set". As a result, Windows and many other popular softwares based on Win platforms are impossible to run on it. Even most distributions of Linux and their softwares are still waiting for tranplantation.
Lemote officially now provides two OS for customers to choose. One is Debian Linux and the other is a new-born distribution of Linux called "OpenRays" beta version. They guarantee that the two OS will be run almost smooth and easy. They also admit that there might be some small problems. Softwares are still to be transplanted and optimized for Loongsons. There is a long way to go for Loongson, especially on softwares.
"We wish all users carry forward the spirit of opensource community and we will appreciate any help." said by Lemote official. They promised to pay a reasonable money for Loongson-based software developers. This is also one of the reasons why they choose 600 out of thousands customers by their techinal backgrounds. Another reason is the limited capacity of the production.
The following is what they would like Linuxers to do:
Origally posted here:
1. Operation System Transplantation
Famous Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Gentoo, Suse, Fedora, and so on.s
All kinds of liveCDs
Embedded systems: eCos, ucOS/II, vxworks, winCE(?!)
FreeBSD or NetBSD
Pure 64-bit OS
2. Specific Applications:
Vehicular PC:GPS, video monitor, multimedia
IPTV(maybe mythTV, GeeXbox) and Set-Top-Box
Network computers: E-library, E-classroom
3. Software improvement:
Compilers optimized for Loongson Instruction Set
Better multimedia support
Java Virtual Machine
initNG or other fast boot supports
Oprofile and other tools like it
Other software for Loongson achitecture
Some tasks (especially in part1 and part2) are virtually impossible for single person to finish. Besides Linuxers who interested in Loongson, Lemote official will also participate in the development. Any one who would like to help improving Loongson's performance should contact Lemote official to avoid repeated work. Lemote promise to encourage all fans who contribute considerably to Loongson, for example, a free Lemote box.