Re: Retiring the sparc32 port
Frans Pop wrote:
On Sunday 15 July 2007 03:53, Austin Denyer wrote:
On Sat, 14 Jul 2007 18:08:57 -0700, Steven Ringwald <email@example.com>
I, for one, will be sorry to see it go, as I actively use my SS10's
and 20's. Anyone know of any other Linux distros out there that
support the Sparc32 architecture, or am I going to have to look into
something like NetBSD going forward?
I too will be sad to see it go. I love my SS5...
Hi Steven and Denyer,
We are *also* sad to see sparc32 go, but these kinds of messages are only
a repeat of similar reactions on earlier threads.
What we need to sparc32 alive - not only in Debian, but in Linux in
general - is not people who are sad, but people who are willing to invest
time and energy to fix the issues there are, to make sure sparc32 is
supported in the software (kernel, toolchain, whatever) and who are
committed to _keeping_ it maintained.
Being sad unfortunately does not help with that at all.
As to alternatives, what you should be looking for is somewhere where
there is a vibrant sparc32 community, including people who are not just
sad, but who are actually doing work to maintain the port.
The real question is : today, how can give some time to keep sparc32
alive. I take some time to debug the last blocking bug in smp kernel,
but I think I am alone to work on the sparc32 kernel. For me, sparc32
should not die because there is a Leon processor that is a sparc V8 clone.
Main problem is kernel developpement. If we can continue developpement
of sparc32 kernel, sparc32 port will be alive.
I have no idea if NetBSD has such a community or not.
I have tried NetBSD. NetBSD 3.1 (or 4.0) is not stable on SS20 (dual
SM71, dual RT626, quad RT626). I don't know why (same trouble than
Solaris 9 on quad CPU configuration. Linux is the only mature OS (and
today the only usable _and_ up to date) on sparc32 (regular Sun
hardware, or new Leon oriented hardware).