Subject: Re: IBM RS/6000 43P Model 150
To: David Rankin <email@example.com>
From: Bill Studenmund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/16/1999 14:58:47
On Tue, 16 Nov 1999, David Rankin wrote:
> Note the copy to port-macppc. Maybe they can help.
> No, but they are CHRP compliant, which means they have OpenFirmware on
> them. Given that NetBSD/ofppc appears to be dying a slow death, the best
> starting point would be NetBSD/macppc. Since the CHRP specifies a lot of
> the hardware specs, I doubt it'd take a lot to get NetBSD going on a 140.
Actually I think ofppc would be the best port for this. It's rather quiet,
but I don't think it's dead. :-)
> For those with RS6K machines, here's your difference:
> CHRP: F50/H50, F70, 43P 140/240, 43P 150, and other newer models.
> PReP: 43P 100/120/133, 6050/6070, 6015, F30, F40 (I think) and older PCI/ISA
> Now, to answer Brian's question in the short form: the Powerpc REverence
> Platform was supposed to be a vendor-neutral architecture where you could
> have run-once, run anywhere OSes for PowerPC. It didn't work. The Common
PReP's main problem was that it was made w/ little to no input from Apple,
so they didn't use it as a clone base. :-)
> Hardware Reference Platform at least patched some of the hardware problems and
> introduced OpenFirmware. OpenFirmware is definitely one of the best
> hardware/bootware ideas around right now. Makes you wish Intel would
> force a move to it for the Merced chipsets...