Subject: Re: buying more NetBSD hardware
To: Wojciech Puchar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Andrew Gillham <email@example.com>
Date: 04/16/2003 15:36:06
On Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 07:37:20AM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> > > platforms that might be worth checking out?
> > How about NetBSD/x86_64? :-)
> > Do you want to consider workstation, server, or just general coverage?
> > For workstation I would say add a Mac, for server a sparc64.
> because of what (i mean sparc64)?
o Current / actively sold CPU architecture.
o 64-bit, which is what all the x86 guys are trying for.
o Reasonably stable, at least on my Ultra 10.
o Built for I/O, performance, etc. not to be another cheap PC.
o Older product regularly available on eBay and other places.
o Has 64bit big endian architecture and exemplifies the "challenges"
of writing clean portable code.
o Sun systems have a "real machine" image in the market.
> is it's support in NetBSD really stable?
Depending on your definition of really. With -current I have have good luck
with my Ultra 10 after Chuck fixed a couple of bugs introduced in his
> is it fast in given price (the answer is no AFAIK)?
Nothing beats the x86 at pure price / performance, when performance is
measured in cpu speed and sequential disk transfers.
If people all used the same yardstick we wouldn't care about anything
other than the cheap fast PC. :)
I think the sparc64 boxes can be reasonable when you're thinking about
a headless server with many disks and concurrent i/o operations.
Still probably not cheaper than x86 with a 3ware or something, but since
you can buy older gear online and the original post was about diversity
in architectures I think it is reasonable.
> stablility (that's probably true, but i don't have comparision)
Admittedly the sparc64 port is less robust than i386, but the hardware
is (hopefully) designed to be more reliable, IMHO.