Subject: Re: misc/19820: SPARC trademarks fixes for the NetBSD on-line documentation
To: Igor Sobrado <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/13/2003 22:53:37
On Mon, Jan 13, 2003 at 08:43:40AM +0100, Igor Sobrado wrote:
  | > in which case, this is already correct.  it's "NetBSD/sparc", not
  | > "NetBSD/SPARC".
  | I do not know why the port is spelled "sparc", probably a lawyers-related
  | matter.  In this case, NetBSD/sparc is obviously right, as it is
  | NetBSD/vax (even if "VAX" is the accepted spelling in both DEC's
  | manuals, RFCs, and books [1]).  But, if it *is* the reason to use
  | sparc (instead of SPARC), or vax (instead of VAX), the NetBSD Foundation
  | should use the word x86 instead of i386, as Solaris does (!)

Contrary to popular opinion, NetBSD != Solaris, so why would we rename
our oldest port from i386 to x86 just because Sun called their port that?

I'm fairly certain that NetBSD/i386 (1993) predates the x86 version of
Solaris (2.4, around 1994 or 1995?).

(Unlike Sun, the i386 is (arguably) our most popular platform, and doesn't
need hordes of people to beg for the port to return after dropping it.)