Subject: Re: i need advice on hardware and an OS
To: Brian Hechinger <>
From: Jeremy Cooper <>
List: port-sun3
Date: 06/10/1997 22:06:19
On Wed, 11 Jun 1997, Brian Hechinger wrote:

> looking at my .sig.....  these are for web wanking.  so color is important. :)
> i was thinking along the lines of a sun3x machine, but that raises the 
> question of how stable is NetBSD on the sun3x platform?  is it at "production"
> level yet? or would SunOS be a better choice at this time??

The current sun3x code is stable for the 3/80; the only way to crash it
that I know of is to run out of VM by forking at least 80 processes (which
can be fixed.)  Unfortunately, there aren't any color framebuffer drivers
in the kernel yet, which as you said, is important to your self
stimulation. =)  I'd integrate the code in a flash if I or someone I knew
had a color framebuffer to test with.

You can run the ``other'' NetBSD/sun3x which does have color framebuffer
support but is based on a now rather old snapshot of the OS.  (This is
whence I plan to steal the color framebuffer support.)  You can find it

It is stable as well.