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Re: /etc/disktab on vax
On 07/02/2012 01:01 AM, Dave McGuire wrote:
True. I had two of them, one running 4.3 Reno and compiling the system
and the other for test booting, using a dual-ported RP06 :-)
The difference is important, though: That consumer-grade six-core i7
machine will most definitely not be functional in twenty years, while I
know of quite a few VAX-11/750s (~30 years old) that are still running
just fine. That was one of NetBSD's earliest supported systems, and the
VERY first one, I believe, (Ragge?) for NetBSD/vax.
There are a bunch of things that causes bloat but lacking them makes
systems almost unusable. Compiling things on 4.3BSD systems is really a
pain since most SW today expect things like language support, threads,
tons of new libc routines etc.
Let us not be too quick to de-support for the sake of de-supporting.
The maintenance and testing overhead is minimal. The latter can be ZERO
if we put it on the users of, say, VAX-11/750s, to do the testing on
those machines and report bugs, preferably with patches. (I will, once I
get my 11/750 reassembled)
There are also the fact that people writing modern SW often do not care
about execution speed, since it anyway is fast enough on modern hardware.
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