Subject: Re: NetBSD server (was Re: What is happening with libpthread???)
To: Christian Kuhtz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 01/23/1997 15:57:53
On Mon, 20 Jan 1997, Christian Kuhtz wrote:
> I have done Mach mk ports numerous times, and for my it is a fairly
> straightforward business, and I believe I have a thorough enough understanding
> of Mach internals to be successful at it and come up with something which
> will not only work, but perform well.
[some reasons for microkernels deleted]
> IMHO, NetBSD is a very fine uniprocessor OS. Efficiency for a different
> environment might need a different approach than driving a uniprocessor OS to
> be a multiprocessor OS. Especially since there are no threads in the current
> kernel, IMHO, this job can never been of great efficiency. It'll work, no
> doubt, but it won't be the best we can do.
> Because the NetBSD server's API will be a superset of the current NetBSD API,
> current apps will continue to run at the very least after recompilation.
> With a little extra effort, even binary compatibility can be provided.
So what is the status of "the NetBSD server?" I ask as I have a PowerMac
7100 which can run mklinux. I'm not teribly inclined to put Linux on it,
but I'd be quite pleased to play w/ NetBSD on top of the microkernel.
Note: I still hope to see a unified port (non-mk), but mklinux is growing
fast, with a PowerMac NetBSD port not too close. With such a server, we
could (hopefully) get something up soon. Plus we let Apple port it to
all the Macs. :-)