Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
To: Ken Nakata <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
Date: 02/22/1999 14:13:58
On Tue, 23 Feb 1999, Ken Nakata wrote:
: > No, they have not done SPARC.
: Just out of curiosity. I've heard Sun has done a port of FreeBSD to
: SPARC. Is it true? When I heard it, I thought it was a shame they
: didn't just take NetBSD/sparc. Would it be possible they didn't know
: any better than porting an OS when there's a perfectly fine OS already
: running on their platform?
Actually, it had to do with porting to the *Ultra*SPARC, which is pretty
well different when running in `native mode' than the rest of the SPARCs.
Just for starters, it has a 64-bit address bus, which in an instant makes
the programming challenges much like those for an Alpha. (Solaris's
userland on the uSPARC is 32-bit, as it's the same userland that they use
for the other SPARC chips. Therefore the processor runs in a sort of
There was a discussion here about it some time ago. Unfortunately, Sun
didn't care much for NetBSD thanks to FreeBSD's name recognition--and they
went about working on FreeBSD. What work they have done, I have no idea.
However, I have strong suspicions that Eduardo will have NetBSD/sparc64 up
to snuff sooner than they'll get FreeBSD to production quality.
-- Todd Vierling (Personal firstname.lastname@example.org; Bus. email@example.com)