Subject: Re: Rework of ATA code to support native SATA controllers
To: Eivind Eklund <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 12/31/2003 15:37:44
On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 09:46:55AM -0800, Eivind Eklund wrote:
> [... lots of stuff about how to change the NetBSD drivers to support
> SATA ...]
> This sounds like it might be more work than snarfing the FreeBSD ATA
> drivers, which I believe already supports a full superset of what the
> NetBSD drivers support (but I may be wrong, of course.)  The FreeBSD
> drivers are also very well maintained - Søren has been doing an
> outstanding job.
> There might be things that block switching that I don't know about (or
> it may be more work), of course - but it would be nice to converge
> instead of diverge.

In addition to what Jason already said, there's lot of work to get the FreeBSD
IDE system ready for NetBSD, it's too i386-centric.
Also, the autoconf system is completely different, which makes it harder to
share code.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 23 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference