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-The BusLogic FlashPoint SCSI Host Adapters are now fully supported on Linux.
-The upgrade program described below has been officially terminated effective
-31 March 1997 since it is no longer needed.
-
-
-
- MYLEX INTRODUCES LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM SUPPORT FOR ITS
- BUSLOGIC FLASHPOINT LINE OF SCSI HOST ADAPTERS
-
-
-FREMONT, CA, -- October 8, 1996 -- Mylex Corporation has expanded Linux
-operating system support to its BusLogic brand of FlashPoint Ultra SCSI
-host adapters. All of BusLogic's other SCSI host adapters, including the
-MultiMaster line, currently support the Linux operating system. Linux
-drivers and information will be available on October 15th at
-http://sourceforge.net/projects/dandelion/.
-
-"Mylex is committed to supporting the Linux community," says Peter Shambora,
-vice president of marketing for Mylex. "We have supported Linux driver
-development and provided technical support for our host adapters for several
-years, and are pleased to now make our FlashPoint products available to this
-user base."
-
-The Linux Operating System
-
-Linux is a freely-distributed implementation of UNIX for Intel x86, Sun
-SPARC, SGI MIPS, Motorola 68k, Digital Alpha AXP and Motorola PowerPC
-machines. It supports a wide range of software, including the X Window
-System, Emacs, and TCP/IP networking. Further information is available at
-http://www.linux.org and http://www.ssc.com/.
-
-FlashPoint Host Adapters
-
-The FlashPoint family of Ultra SCSI host adapters, designed for workstation
-and file server environments, are available in narrow, wide, dual channel,
-and dual channel wide versions. These adapters feature SeqEngine
-automation technology, which minimizes SCSI command overhead and reduces
-the number of interrupts generated to the CPU.
-
-About Mylex
-
-Mylex Corporation (NASDAQ/NM SYMBOL: MYLX), founded in 1983, is a leading
-producer of RAID technology and network management products. The company
-produces high performance disk array (RAID) controllers, and complementary
-computer products for network servers, mass storage systems, workstations
-and system boards. Through its wide range of RAID controllers and its
-BusLogic line of Ultra SCSI host adapter products, Mylex provides enabling
-intelligent I/O technologies that increase network management control,
-enhance CPU utilization, optimize I/O performance, and ensure data security
-and availability. Products are sold globally through a network of OEMs,
-major distributors, VARs, and system integrators. Mylex Corporation is
-headquartered at 34551 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA.
-
- ####
-
-Contact:
-
-Peter Shambora
-Vice President of Marketing
-Mylex Corp.
-510/796-6100
-peters@mylex.com
-
- ANNOUNCEMENT
- BusLogic FlashPoint LT/BT-948 Upgrade Program
- 1 February 1996
-
- ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT
- BusLogic FlashPoint LW/BT-958 Upgrade Program
- 14 June 1996
-
-Ever since its introduction last October, the BusLogic FlashPoint LT has
-been problematic for members of the Linux community, in that no Linux
-drivers have been available for this new Ultra SCSI product. Despite its
-officially being positioned as a desktop workstation product, and not being
-particularly well suited for a high performance multitasking operating
-system like Linux, the FlashPoint LT has been touted by computer system
-vendors as the latest thing, and has been sold even on many of their high
-end systems, to the exclusion of the older MultiMaster products. This has
-caused grief for many people who inadvertently purchased a system expecting
-that all BusLogic SCSI Host Adapters were supported by Linux, only to
-discover that the FlashPoint was not supported and would not be for quite
-some time, if ever.
-
-After this problem was identified, BusLogic contacted its major OEM
-customers to make sure the BT-946C/956C MultiMaster cards would still be
-made available, and that Linux users who mistakenly ordered systems with
-the FlashPoint would be able to upgrade to the BT-946C. While this helped
-many purchasers of new systems, it was only a partial solution to the
-overall problem of FlashPoint support for Linux users. It did nothing to
-assist the people who initially purchased a FlashPoint for a supported
-operating system and then later decided to run Linux, or those who had
-ended up with a FlashPoint LT, believing it was supported, and were unable
-to return it.
-
-In the middle of December, I asked to meet with BusLogic's senior
-management to discuss the issues related to Linux and free software support
-for the FlashPoint. Rumors of varying accuracy had been circulating
-publicly about BusLogic's attitude toward the Linux community, and I felt
-it was best that these issues be addressed directly. I sent an email
-message after 11pm one evening, and the meeting took place the next
-afternoon. Unfortunately, corporate wheels sometimes grind slowly,
-especially when a company is being acquired, and so it's taken until now
-before the details were completely determined and a public statement could
-be made.
-
-BusLogic is not prepared at this time to release the information necessary
-for third parties to write drivers for the FlashPoint. The only existing
-FlashPoint drivers have been written directly by BusLogic Engineering, and
-there is no FlashPoint documentation sufficiently detailed to allow outside
-developers to write a driver without substantial assistance. While there
-are people at BusLogic who would rather not release the details of the
-FlashPoint architecture at all, that debate has not yet been settled either
-way. In any event, even if documentation were available today it would
-take quite a while for a usable driver to be written, especially since I'm
-not convinced that the effort required would be worthwhile.
-
-However, BusLogic does remain committed to providing a high performance
-SCSI solution for the Linux community, and does not want to see anyone left
-unable to run Linux because they have a Flashpoint LT. Therefore, BusLogic
-has put in place a direct upgrade program to allow any Linux user worldwide
-to trade in their FlashPoint LT for the new BT-948 MultiMaster PCI Ultra
-SCSI Host Adapter. The BT-948 is the Ultra SCSI successor to the BT-946C
-and has all the best features of both the BT-946C and FlashPoint LT,
-including smart termination and a flash PROM for easy firmware updates, and
-is of course compatible with the present Linux driver. The price for this
-upgrade has been set at US $45 plus shipping and handling, and the upgrade
-program will be administered through BusLogic Technical Support, which can
-be reached by electronic mail at techsup@buslogic.com, by Voice at +1 408
-654-0760, or by FAX at +1 408 492-1542.
-
-As of 14 June 1996, the original BusLogic FlashPoint LT to BT-948 upgrade
-program has now been extended to encompass the FlashPoint LW Wide Ultra
-SCSI Host Adapter. Any Linux user worldwide may trade in their FlashPoint
-LW (BT-950) for a BT-958 MultiMaster PCI Ultra SCSI Host Adapter. The
-price for this upgrade has been set at US $65 plus shipping and handling.
-
-I was a beta test site for the BT-948/958, and versions 1.2.1 and 1.3.1 of
-my BusLogic driver already included latent support for the BT-948/958.
-Additional cosmetic support for the Ultra SCSI MultiMaster cards was added
-subsequent releases. As a result of this cooperative testing process,
-several firmware bugs were found and corrected. My heavily loaded Linux
-test system provided an ideal environment for testing error recovery
-processes that are much more rarely exercised in production systems, but
-are crucial to overall system stability. It was especially convenient
-being able to work directly with their firmware engineer in demonstrating
-the problems under control of the firmware debugging environment; things
-sure have come a long way since the last time I worked on firmware for an
-embedded system. I am presently working on some performance testing and
-expect to have some data to report in the not too distant future.
-
-BusLogic asked me to send this announcement since a large percentage of the
-questions regarding support for the FlashPoint have either been sent to me
-directly via email, or have appeared in the Linux newsgroups in which I
-participate. To summarize, BusLogic is offering Linux users an upgrade
-from the unsupported FlashPoint LT (BT-930) to the supported BT-948 for US
-$45 plus shipping and handling, or from the unsupported FlashPoint LW
-(BT-950) to the supported BT-958 for $65 plus shipping and handling.
-Contact BusLogic Technical Support at techsup@buslogic.com or +1 408
-654-0760 to take advantage of their offer.
-
- Leonard N. Zubkoff
- lnz@dandelion.com