Subject: Re: MacOS to go Intel: how easily can pkgsrc handle it?
To: None <>
From: Dave <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/06/2005 19:03:10
On Tue, 7 Jun 2005, Adam wrote:

> > With Apple announcing to go Intel for MacOS X I wonder how easily
> > pkgsrc
> > will be able to handle this. In theory it should be at most a change of
> > some compiler options at some central configuration file, recompile,
> > done.
> > In practise it will be a bit more difficult because I am afraid some
> > packages might imply MacOS X == PPC and its endianess. Or is this
> > unlikely to be a problem due to Darwin already existing as an x86
> > version?
> >
> > In any case, recent development might help making some people think
> > again about the value of Open Source and portability (in terms of
> > protecting their investment!). Changing CPU families? Who cares, just
> > recompile...
> It does not change anything to pkgsrc (packages work fine on
> Darwin/x86).
> But... on the other hand... PowerPC is a damn good processor design. :(

The scuttlebut here at this uni is that it's a Really Bad Idea and Apple
will back off from this idea.

David Griffith