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Re: netbsd on vax 11/730; booting in sim

On Fri, 9 Jan 2009, Jochen Kunz wrote:

On Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:37:36 -0500 (EST)
der Mouse <mouse%Rodents-Montreal.ORG@localhost> wrote:

So, check my understanding: what you're saying is that, in your
opinion, NetBSD should no longer bother with supporting legacy
hardware like vax - or, presumably, hp300 or mac68k or anything else
not capable of running whatever you consider essential to being a
non-"dinosaur". Correct?
No. I consider a CDC-6600 or a PDP-10 or 4.2BSD a dinosaur.
VAXen and m68k machines are already mammals. ;-)

        To add a point of reference. NetBSD/atari has been moribund
        since NetBSD 3.0. There were at least three different bugs
        preventing NetBSD 4.0 from installing, and once installed
        isssues with IDE and SCSI would result in panics.

        Recently there has been a resurgence of interest, including
        one new NetBSD developer with commit access specifically
        to work on NetBSD/atari, and a flurry of fixes from Izumi

        It now looks like NetBSD/atari will return to a good place
        with 5.0, and there is talk of supporting some of the
        homebrew ethernet and USB interfaces people have managed
        to cram into the side of the Falcon.

        A 16Mhz 68030 is certainly within the VAXen performance
        range, and if an Atari Falcon is still a viable platform
        for people to play with NetBSD, why not the VAX?

                David/absolute       -- www.NetBSD.org: No hype required --

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