Re: Linux drivers in gnumach
On Tue, 22 Aug 2000, Roland McGrath wrote:
> There has been almost no hacking done on gnumach since I did oskit-mach.
> Your porting efforts are the first time lately anyone has been serious
> about microkernel hacking.
That's good news (I think :-P). I checked the 2000-05-05 snapshot of
OSKit into our CVS repository for further review. I know Ron and I agree
that we want to work on gnumach at this stage, but I may also work on
adapting our work to OSKit at the same time. I've already started fixing
up the ELF stuff in OSKit for Elf64...
> That's just historical cruft. Another reason to use oskit instead! ;=)
Hehehe...it was just hard to believe for me :-P Then again, I've been
using Alphas since BLADE was around, so I've lived in a 64-bit world for
awhile and always have that eye for portability and ease.
> oskit runs on two platforms now (i386 and strongarm), and others outside
> the Utah group are working on other ports. That says something.
True. In reality, looking through OSKit sources (especially the ARM
support) has helped me get a perspective on things a bit better. Gnumach
can get hard to relate to sometimes since there isn't really any support
for other architectures to base work on.
> I too am disappointed. I haven't gotten any helpful response from the Flux
> group either (and I used to work there). I think the folks are just too
> busy with others things (they are working on oskit, just not on ports).
Probably, and it's understandable. I know I don't mind supporting my old
projects, but it's not on the top of my priority list to do so.
> Have you posted to the oskit-users list looking for interested people?
I need to subscribe and I'll check into it.
> I hope you will concentrate first on the core chip support, i.e. pmap et
> al. That is the stuff that still needs to be specifically done for gnumach
> on Alpha even if you can get drivers and such from oskit.
Well, I needed the headers fixed up or else we'd be dealing with 64-bit
issues immediately. I intend on starting real work tonight or Thursday
(unless we get a hurricane this week...living in Miami sucks).