Re: status of port
Valeriy E. Ushakov <uwe <at> ptc.spbu.ru>
2002-12-09 02:57:28 GMT
On Sat, Dec 07, 2002 at 14:21:36 -0500, Robert Solomon wrote:
> 1) Generally, is the net-BSD port a working system or is it still in
> the early stages?
Well, enough to run dial-up ppp (pcmcia modem) or wireless and use ssh
over that. That's what I use it for.
The biggest problem is that in-tree gcc cannot produce PIC for sh3, so
the world is static and hence very fat. This is bad both for disk and
RAM footprtint. AFAIK, gcc-3.3 can do PIC for sh3 and I know other
developers are working on importing gcc 3.x in to the tree, fixing
bugs in both gcc and our tree (gcc 3.x is more strict in may areas).
X might be simple, because Xserver for hpc's just uses wscons, but
again running static X will probably consume lots of RAM.
The second biggest problem IMHO is lack of power-management support.
Being unable to suspend the netbsd really limits the usefulness of the
machine. It was ok during the conference, where I was able to keep it
always on and recharche regularly, but "on the road" that's gonna be a
> 2) Is anyone using it? I'm not talking about hundreds of apeople,
> but are there two or three of you I can turn to for help when I
> really get stuck?
This is my 680 working as an exhibit at the NetBSD both at the Euro