[geeks] Can someone sell me a cheap ultra sparc :-)
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Sun Jun 1 16:23:54 CDT 2003
On Sun, Jun 01, 2003 at 09:53:49AM +1000, Scott Howard wrote:
> Unfortunately, it is. Having to maintain 2 copies of the kernel, all
> kernel modules, many user-land apps, not to mention diagnosis/analysis
> tools, etc, just to support machines which will be at least 6 years old
> at the time Sol10 is released doesn't really make much sense.
One reason I asked that question was to follow up with: Then it should
not be a problem for them to release the 32-bit OS for anyone to use.
They can keep it out there for little $$$ so people can get it.
I imagine that I'll be running this "old" hardware 5 years from now.
> Of course, going full 64-bit doesn't mean that you can't still run 32 bit
> programs - it just means that the kernel and the like have to be 64 bit,
> 32 bit userland apps will still work perfectly.
Also hopefully, none of that dynamic-only stuff will happen either.
> > This sounds awfully arbitrary. Is Solaris going to check your clock
> > speed and shut off if its too low?
> That's exactly what it does today (checks the CPU type, and defaults to
> the 32 bit kernel if it's "too low", unless you tell it otherwise).
No, I mean refuse to work. Hopefully they won't do that.
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