The MIPS port is actually two ports, debian-mips and debian-mipsel. They differ in the endianness of the binaries. MIPS CPUs are able to run at both endiannesses, but since that's normally not changeable in software, we need to have both architectures. SGI machines run in big-endian mode (debian-mips) while the Cobalt Qube/RaQ run in little-endian mode (debian-mipsel). Some boards, such as Broadcom's BCM91250A evaluation board (aka SWARM) can run in both modes, selectable by a switch on the board.

Current Status

Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.8 supports the following machines:

General Information about

Please see the release notes and installation manual for more information.

Available Hardware for Debian Developers

gabrielli.debian.org (mips) is available to Debian developers for porting work. Please see the machine database for more information about this machine. In general, you will be able to use the three chroot environments: stable, testing and unstable. You can use the dchroot program to access them. For any inquiries mail debian-admin@lists.debian.org. Accounts on other machines are available on request by contacting LIU Qi liuqi82@gmail.com (Lemote machines).


This is a list of people who are working on the MIPS port:

Contact information

There are a couple of mailing lists dealing with Linux/MIPS and especially Debian on MIPS.


Linux/MIPS kernel development — Lots of related information about MIPS
CPU Vendor
Information about SGI hardware
Debian on Cobalt machines
Debian on SGI Indy
Debian on SGI Indy
Debian on SGI O2


Thiemo Seufer, who was the lead MIPS porter in Debian, got killed in a car accident. We dedicate the release of the Debian GNU/Linux lenny distribution to his memory.