A little more success with plan9 — I’ve got it running on the two machines I can get my hands on, but not very successfully yet:

  • IBM Thinkpad T21 (helheim): Nothing I do can make the inbuilt ethernet card work. Identified as a 3com mini-PCI card, none of the drivers I’ve tried will work, and they all hang as they try to load.
  • IBM P300GL (niflheim): A variant of the S3 Trio3D video is built into the motherboard – I remember problems in getting XFree86 to work for a while. Plan9 works, but the code to set the mousepointer doesn’t, so I’ve got a 64x64 pixel blob of noise extending around the 16x16 pixel pointer.