Subject: Re: 1.1 386 Hardware
To: Mark Garrett <>
From: Peter Galbavy <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/07/1995 19:07:34
> > It has never been a priority for the NetBSD crowd because most serious
> > NetBSDers bought hardware good enough that a software hack wasn't
> > necessary.  If you buy good hardware, you don't need the hack.
> > 
> > That said, it would be really nice if this would finally get fixed.
> > Not everyone can afford to buy hardware to suit their software.
> 	I think thats fair enough, If you can afford to buy more than 
> 16Meg of memory then you probably can afford to buy the right controllers.
> I only have 12M so my aha1542-CF has never been a problem.

Politics time... this is not the attitude that is going to make NetBSD
the OS of choice amongst the unwashed masses. *If* fixing a badly designed
piece of hardware (in this case the standard ISA bus DMA) is *possible*
and does not impact severely on the rest of the system then is *SHOULD*
be done. IMHO. It only has to be done once. Yes, I know each driver needs
its own code - which has been made available for at least the AHA1542

While moaning, could some of the real hard-workers out there
(seriously) but mentioning no names, please reconsider their attitude
to "NIH" (Not Invented Here). This small phrase is slowing down
the integration of large (probably beneficial) sub-systems from
other OSes (primarily FreeBSD),

Now with WHINGE off, thanks for all the work so far, eagerly awaiting 1.1,

Peter Galbavy                                 
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