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Re: [linrad] Proposed data bank

Hello, Rein and All.

Yes this is an excellent idea.  I have been following this mailing list for
about three weeks and it has been most helpful. I am testing Linrad on an
old P166 system before taking the plunge and upgrading. I am now ready to
replace the hardware and I really want to know which components have been
found to work well, before I spend the money.

I am still trying to get ALSA working.  No success yet, but it ought to work
so I'll keep plugging away.  It would be really helpful to know who has been
successful using it.

I am also experiencing some trouble getting my old video card running well.
It is an older ATI Rage II+ design and tends to misbehave on anything other
than the VGA setting.  SVGALIB does not seem to support nearly as many video
cards as X11.  Again it would be really useful to know which of the newer
video cards to select for a new system.

So, yes it is a great idea to create a database.  To be really useful, those
uploading should include plenty of notes and configuration information.

Peter Bligh, VE3KRK

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rein A. Smit" <rein0zn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <linrad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 12:34 AM
Subject: Re: [linrad] Proposed data bank

>    Hello All,
> Roger, W3SZ and myself have been talking about starting a
> Linrad hardware/software Data Bank to help those who are
> getting started with Linrad.
> This writing is the announcement of the idea and perhaps the
> start of the  implementation.
> So Roger and I think that now that interest in LINRAD is
> picking up, it would be useful to setup a data bank with
> a Web site with information on running systems.
>      The URL for the new site is:
>    http://www.nitehawk.com/Linrad_sys_data/
> Leif's Web pages and particularly his Linrad pages are
> a superb source of information on all things Linrad.  However,
> there is a need for a site that is kept up to date with simple
> information on what does and doesn't work in hardware and
> Operating system and software wise (e.g. gcc versions,
> svgalib versions, Linux versions), and it would be difficult for
> Leif to keep up with all of that on his site.  Also, an evolving
> FAQ-type of page would be useful but time consuming for Leif to
> maintain.
> We think that first of all, most of us are not really into Linux
> ( yet )
> So if we want to get into this project, questions like:
>    - What computer, CPU, speed
>    - Memory
>    - CD drive,
>    - RAM,
>    - Video, Monitor
>    - Soundcard(s)
>    - Linux version
>    - computer with Linux OS only
>    - Linux with other OS ( windows ) etc
>    - Things to avoid.
>    - Experiences in building and usage.
>     are to be answered at one point or another.
> The idea for the data bank is to collect data on working
> systems and perhaps some processing of the data later on,
> to help newcomers in selecting, buying on flea markets or
> other places as eBay and so on, to get the system going with
> a minimum of work and cost.
> We hope you get the idea, and will contribute your system
> data and experiences in constructing your system and in the use
> of it.
> For this to work we need input from you in terms of hardware/
> software, experiences in installing, suggestions on other
> approaches etc.
> Roger and I are open to ideas how to do it or even not to do
> it, It must be seen in combination with the LINRAd reflector,
> and the archive where the question and answering will take
> place as well as other discussions
> For now we hope to collect just data and will worry about
> the presentation later.
> Roger and I hope to receive your inputs to that we can
> contribute in the enabling of many in the LINRAD project.
>    73
>       Roger, W3SZ
>       http://www.qsl.net/w3sz
>       Rein, W6/PA0ZN
>       http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/dsp50.html