Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
To: Todd Vierling <>
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From: Jeroen Ruigrok/Asmodai <>
To: Todd Vierling <>
Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
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	 Ken Nakata <>

On 22-Feb-99 Todd Vierling wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Feb 1999, Ken Nakata wrote:
>: > No, they have not done SPARC.
>: Just out of curiosity.  I've heard Sun has done a port of FreeBSD to
>: SPARC.  Is it true?  When I heard it, I thought it was a shame they
>: didn't just take NetBSD/sparc.  Would it be possible they didn't know
>: any better than porting an OS when there's a perfectly fine OS already 
>: running on their platform?

> There was a discussion here about it some time ago.  Unfortunately, Sun
> didn't care much for NetBSD thanks to FreeBSD's name recognition--and
> they went about working on FreeBSD. What work they have done, I have no
> idea. However, I have strong suspicions that Eduardo will have
> NetBSD/sparc64 up to snuff sooner than they'll get FreeBSD to production
> quality.

FreeBSD Sparc is in child's shoes. We are currently focusing more on
modularizing a lot of stuff so that multiple architectures won't bite us in
the behind when we try to add them. That's basically how much I know about
the Sparc effort. The last time the page was updated was somewhere in 1997.

I do recollect some postings on the CURRENT list though, can't remember
what the exact contents were.

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