Subject: Naive Machine Question...
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From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Peter_Fr=F6hlich?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/19/2003 13:16:15
I just subscribed here after already "confusing" the mac68k and
mips/cobalt port lists for years. :-) I am a lecturer (at UC Riverside
right now) and I frequently teach compiler construction. I am in the
process of setting up a little "machine park" with various obscure
processors for my students to target, and since I want a consistent
environment on these boxes, I have settled on NetBSD as "the" OS for
all of them.
With my mips/cobalt machine coming along nicely and the mac68k machine
being in process as well, I am now starting to look into "other" RISC
machines. I have considered alpha, but for some reason the ARM stuff
seems "cuter" right now, so I plan to focus on that next.
Sorry for the long intro, but maybe it helps. :-)
The "naive question" I am about to pose is what kind of ARM machine I
should try to get my hands on? Just in terms of looks I think the
Digital DNARD or the NetWinder would be nice, but there seem to be very
few available out there (at least on ebay.com).
Are there any other "decent" ARM boxes that are easier to get, and that
can be used at least by, say, 10 students at the same time? I don't
plan on letting them run GCC, just assemble/link/run the code their
compiler generates, so the load should not be too high. An ethernet
plug is a must though... All comments welcome! :-)
Sorry for the off-topic issue, and happy holidays,
Peter H. Froehlich <><><><><><> http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~phf/
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