Content by Michael Lang (original archived HERE). Edited by Major Tom.
Last content update: 24 Apr 2000
On this page you find several links to different pages for Linux for IBM
Personal Systems 2 (PS/2) or compatibles with IBM Micro Channel Architecture
(MCA). During the 80s, mainly IBM produced several Models (50, 56, 70, 80,
90, 95, 2-95, and others) which where delivered with a special bus system
called Micro Channel, working on current-sense bus-lines. The
Micro Channel exists in two different bit-widths, that are 16- and 32-Bit.
The invention of MCA can be seen as the start of the new generation of
PC-bus. PCI is the final result of this development up to today. MCA was
beside EISA a revolution of the slow ISA-bus and came with 33MHz of maximum
As these pages here only offer information about the latest IBM SCSI Subsystem
driver for Linux, I collected some nice links about Linux for Micro Channel
machines and the Micro Channel itself, so you can continue reading, if you need
further information. These are the major links to the MCA-Linux-world:
- Home of the MCA Linux Discussion
It contains very good information about MCA Linux, Kernels and Patches.
The page offers links to the well known MCA-Linux homepage, discussion
forum for hardware and Linux, and an ADF-file database.
- Ardent Tool of Capitalism The real truth about MCA systems. This great page from Louis Ohland
offers you in a very detailed way a lot of information about different topics
around MCA and the IBM PS/2 series. If you are lacking support for your
adapter or system, this page will help you for sure as does
- Local FTP-server for MCA-Linux stuff (a bit
outdated, but contains useful basic stuff).
- Homepage of David Weinehall. He is maintainer of the MCA-part of the
Linux-project and you can find quite useful news, infos, links and patches concerning Linux and Microchannel machines there.<
- Linux for Microchannel page of Klaus Kudielka
offers the great MCA-patches for Linux Kernels 2.1.x. In the meantime, these
patches are included in the Linux-releases and you can find them for sure
on every major anonymous FTP-site next to you that mirrors sunsite or
at least the Linux-part of it.
- IBM PS/2 reference/diagnostic disc archive If you have
a PS/2 but you are missing the reference- or diagnostic discs, klick on that
link to get the latest version of such disks for your machine.
- ADF-files and reference diskettes of various, even non-IBM MCA-adapters.
- S.u.S.E. is a softwarehouse that sells the well known SuSE-Linux-distribution
- A2-Collaboration's List of Linux Maintainers.
The A2-Collaboration of the
Institut für Kernphysik offers
a HTML-list of Linux Maintainers for direct contact to the responsible
- MCA Enthusiasts Page