Subject: Re: Architecture extenstions printed at attach
To: None <>
From: Dave McGuire <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 04/02/2000 23:02:32
On April 2, Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> I just added code to print any Architecture extensions present when the
> primary CPU attaches.  For those of you with 21264 systems (HI MANUEL!),
> please update your arch/alpha, build a new kernel, and boot it.

  Speaking of "primary" CPUs...

  An AlphaServer 4100 with four 300MHz 21164 processors and 1gb RAM just
landed in my lap.  After wiping off the drool, I'll be working on
bringing it to life.  If there'll be no SMP in the forseeable future,
I'll load Digital Unix on it...but if someone drops me a hint that,
before I get too much more grey hair, I'll be able to light up the
other three processors in this box under NetBSD/alpha, then I'll load
up the latest snapshot on it and run uniprocessor for a while.

  I'm not asking for any promises, and I'm not griping about the lack of
SMP support...those horses have been beaten beyond death so badly at
this point that they consist of nothing but a faint smudge of mushy
horse-corpse dust.  I'm just looking for some faint glimmer of hope
that it hasn't completely fallen by the wayside.  Wasting the other
three processors for a few weeks, or even a few months, would be a
small price to pay to stick with NetBSD.

  I've been a staunch, sometimes militant NetBSD supporter for years,
and I've deployed (or been involved in the deployment of) well over a
thousand NetBSD systems now...and I want to stick with my favorite OS!

  Please throw me a bone, most excellent NetBSD folks.  Just a little
one is all I'm asking for.

                    -Dave McGuire