[rescue] Resurrecting an IBM RS/6000 model 590

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Sun Feb 8 19:20:42 CST 2004

On Sun, 8 Feb 2004, Mauricio wrote:

> 	Great!  How useful is it?

It'll run AIX up to 5.1.  It will not run Linux or *BSD.  It has a
POWER2 CPU which is quite fast for its clock speed and age.  It will run
the vast majority of PowerPC binaries (so you can load the full GNU
development suite from the Freeware images at www.ibm.com).

If you want a server out of it, it'll do that well.  If you toss
framebuffers in there, it'll make a snazzy RISC workstation.

> Where does it shine at?

There are very few things that the POWER architecture does slowly. :)

> 	Which reminds me:  what is the latest OS it would handle?

AIX 5.1.  5.2 dropped support for everything that isn't PowerPC/CHRP.

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Elgin, TX         (   childhood.  Others grow up to be CEOs and
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