2. Jan 2007 - More about Gentoo/m68k
Every now and then I get email from people who want to know more about runnig Gentoo Linux on their Amigas, so it's about time
I write something about how one can accomplish this. Some time ago I got an account at one of the developer web sites
at gentoo.org where I upload binary packages for Gentoo/ m68k.
I have also added a link from the Linux/m68k page.
A couple of months ago I experienced some problems with the BLizzard 1260, where it suddenly stopped working. After some fiddling I
discovered that it did not work with the SCSI-controller attached, which was a problem since that's also where the 128MB SIMM is located.
First I thought it was the power supply, but after having that replaced with a new one I put together, it still didnt work properly.
In order to get a quick fix, I ordered a 64MB SIMM for the Blizzard to replace the 16MB that was attached there. Right before I got the
new SIMM from Datakompaniet, I was playing around with the SCSI controller in my hands and decided to pick out the one socketed chip on it.
That was easy enough, and I put it back in, and just for fun attached it to the machine again to see if it made any difference - and it did!
So now the box has been upgraded to a whopping 192MB of Fast-RAM, and today I also installed the second PCMCIA bender that I got from CISC
in Oslo just before christmas, so the PCMCIA card is now bendt in over the motherboard, which means I can finally close the case.
I have also put up a dedicated page for the box.
8. Mar 2006 - New software
A few months ago I bought a Blizzard 1260 with 144MB of RAM that I have now installed in a new rack-mountable A1200 system with 60GB of disk and after a week or so I had a new, almost from scratch, installed Gentoo/m68k system - chetter.kolla.no. The last few weeks this new system has been busy building binary packages, which I have successfully installed on daneel (a.k.a. amiga.nvg.org). There are now just a handfull of packages left before the entire system has been rebuildt and updated. This means the this web-server has been upgraded from Apache 1.3 to Apache 2.0 (2.2 soon I guess) and from PHP4 to PHP5 - and the server is now also at last available through IPv6 - fantastic!
In addition to the Blizzard 1260 I also bought a CyberStorm mk-III with 68060 and 128MB RAM, and I hope to have yet another Linux/m68k system running in a few months, I just need to find time and space for it. Since I have now moved into a new apartment, this should not be a problem. I will also put the m68k packages I build online somewhere, not quite sure where yet, maybe on this server, but I think it might be smarter to put them on a faster system.
18. Mar 2005 - Time moves on
It's amazing how time flies, this old machine is now more than 11 years old. I remember I bought it for my own 20th birthday, in January 1994, back when computers was a new thing for me. It was my first machine ever, and I learned most of what I know about computers from playing with it. Considering how long it has lasted it was worth every krone, hopefully it will continue to work well in the years ahead. Cheers!
As mentioned in my previous entry, I migrated the setup from old RedHat packages to the Gentoo portage system. This migration is now complete, the very last rpm-packages were removed during early summer of 2004, if I rememer correctly, and I must say I am now happy with Gentoo/m68k. Some months ago I met Mike Frysinger (aka vapier@gentoo) on IRC #gentoo-arm (freenode) and he was kind to establish a linux/m68k profile in the Gentoo portage tree, just for me! Later we have been chatting about getting our hands on some ColdFire developer boards to expand the m68k effort.
A few months ago I bought a new disk, so now there's a completely silent 20GB 1.8" IDE drive (Hitachi DK14FA-20) instead of the old noisy 3.5" 18GB drive. Future plans involve replacing the Micronik Z-II expansion and the A2065 ethernet card with a PCMCIA card (linux has supported this for years now), and building the board into a tinier case. Perhaps I will even put it back into its original case. I have also been pondering on upgrading with a Blizzard 1260 card, if anyone out there has a spare one, feel free to donate :)
I understand now that this concept of logging is now known as "blogging", and if I am to believe Wikipedia this "blog" of mine is older than the term itself. Funny :)
2. Oct 2003 - And there was life!
Indeed, there is life, even here. It's been more than 4 years (!) since I last
commented any updates here, 11 months was kind of optimistic it seems.
So what is new? Well, some.. first of all the machine changed location a few
years back, along with the rest of NVG. My own involvement in NVG has also
declined, and I rarely have physical contact with this machine these days,
but that's what the network is for :) On the software side I have cleaned
out lots of old and unused software, and few weeks ago I managed to drop in the
portage system from Gentoo Linux, and I'm slowly migrating from RedHat rpm
packages to Gentoo portage builds. So far the migration has been surprisingly
smooth - 54 packages have been migrated, including gcc, the toolchain and various
gentoo packages. Ah well, so long.. more updates to follow in a few years or so :)
6. Sep 1999 - G'boing!!
It seems that eleven months between every time I update this section is what
suits me most :) Anyways, what has changed since last october?
Well, first of all, the machine has just got a new disk, the system running
now is Redhat5.2 for m68k, the webserver is apache 1.3.9 with php 3.0.12,
rams is using mSQL 2.0.11 and the python in use is 1.5.1 (soon to be 1.5.2).
Lately I've also started experimenting with rebol, which is at 2.1.2. Rebol
is also partially used for RAMS, but that's not my doing :)
Another significant change is the use of virtual webhosts, both
RAMS and The Linux/m68k Home Pages are such virtual hosts. Perhaps we will do
the same for the UAE discussion board and the ADF archive also, yet to be decided. Ah, and now I've mentioned another thing that is new, the UAE Discussion Board which is a board where users of UAE share their experience and knowledge. The board is maintained by Warlock who also is resposible for the constantly ADF archive which now features over 500 demos.
So, what's on the to-do list? Well, first of all I want a revamp of the layout
of amiga.nvg.org, I've been thinking about it for months, but has so far not
managed to pull off anything (how typical :) .) Secondly I would like to get
a new tower for the machine, the current PC Tower solution is somewhat messy and fragile. I've been looking around and
even though it's not the technically most advanced solution, I think the Infinitiv-II towers frim Micronik will be it, at least it looks good, and the pricetag isnt
Well, I think that's it for now, the next update will most likely be in august
next year, august year 2000, wow time flies doesnt it?
Bye for now! :)
26. Oct 1998 - Oh well...
Someone just pointed out for me that it's been a while since this news section
has been updated. Nah.. really? :)
Well, what can I say, I'm a lazy guy. To
put it short, our adf archive has got a new layout,
the RAMS pages are avaible from the main page, a support
link to Operation Clambake has been added, and also a link to Amiga Info, a
magazine I would like to recommend for those who can read swedish.
else... ya, I've added a few of my most humble projects for Linux and Amiga
under their respective subdirs, enjoy :)
14. Nov 1997 - amiga.nvg.org.
From now on this site is also avaible as
7. Oct 1997 - More Linux/m68k stuff added pluss more.
In addition to the official Linux/m68k Home Page, also mirrors of the
and Linux/Sun3 home pages.
Links to other Linux/m68k ports is also added on the
Also added link from the Amiga Section to the good old NVG
Amiga Homepage, and winded up Warlock's ADF archive.
22. Sep 1997 - amiga.nvg.ntnu.no back up (again, that is)
After a few weeks offline due to technical problems we're back up running
again. Basicly what happened was that debian failed to install properly when
upgrading to libc6, and since I havent had much time lately it laid idle for
some weeks. Hopefully everything is working now :)
1. June 1997 - Added Linux/m68k stuff!
A mirror of the official Linux/m68k Home Pages is now avaible under
The Linux/m68k pages are still under construction, not sure
what to put here, perhaps some debian packages (if I ever get around to make
any :) ).
31. May 1997 - amiga.nvg.ntnu.no is now back up with a web-server!
After some major hardware upgrades, including a towercase and a a2o65 ethernet
card, amiga.nvg.ntnu.no is now fully back in business. Expect a page with more
hardware info coming up soon ;) Currently the site containes a adf archive
with old amiga demos for use with UAE (Unix Amiga Emulator) maintained by Warlock, a python archive
maintained by Sk and general amiga
stuff, maintained by Kolla.