Subject: Re: 2940 & netbsd-current
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
Date: 03/30/1996 13:21:58
>> You don't *have* *to* buy Adaptec cards and use the buggy driver.
>> There *are* other controllers that are just as good. I've been
>> incredibly satisfied with both of my BusLogic (EISA and PCI) controllers.
> As you have said _many_ times. However...
> I already _have_ an Adaptec, I'm quite happy with it, and the bugs can
> be fixed. I see no reason to rip on Adaptec (and my choices) as you
> have done so many times. A lemming? Really ...
Indeed. Someday Mr. Van Loon will have spent enough time in the Real World
to find out about things like "supported configurations" and "government
When the group I work for 2 days a week at JPL asked me for my recommendations
for a new PC, I told them. I don't recall making a SCSI card recommendation
specifically; I might have said "please buy a BusLogic or an NCR-based card".
I might have said "Get a SCSI card". Whatever.
Point being that said system arrived and it was a P120 instead of the then
fastest extant P133. It had an IDE ATAPI CD-ROM drive (still not supported
in the main NetBSD tree) and I asked for a SCSI CD-ROM drive. It had the
Adaptec 2940 - which at the time had *no* NetBSD driver at all - and not a
"supported" one. And a SoundBlaster AWE32 which wasn't really supported at
the time, either.
When I asked why so many things were different than what I recommended, I was
told that they got the best machine that JPL's Just-In-Time procurement folks
could get. I was also told "that's what was on the ``supported list''". I
had NO control over the fact that it contains an Adaptec 2940 in it.
In short, not everybody has a NetBSD PC at home. And not everybody that has
one at work controls what hardware comes in the thing. Please think harder
before accusing people of being "Adaptec lemmings".