[rescue] best OS for SPARCserver 10
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Fri Sep 12 12:07:56 CDT 2003
On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Friday, September 12, 2003, at 02:31 AM, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> > NetBSD will work well. OpenBSD will be faster.
> Got details on this? Last I checked (which admittedly was some time
> ago), they changed the SCSI driver and that's about it.
OpenBSD doesn't use bus.h-style I/O handling on 32-bit SPARC. It talks
directly to sbus and mbus for each device. This is a dirtier way of
handling things, but the difference in speed between OpenBSD and NetBSD
on sun4m is -amazing-. It's like the difference between NetBSD and
Seriously, OpenBSD has matured a -lot- in the last two years. It
warrants a second look. I think you know me well enough to know that I
don't willingly spend a lot of time with crappy software if I can at-all
> Ahh, the details. Got a link handy? I'd like to investigate this a
I don't have a link, but you can troll the mailing list archives to look
for people whining about no bus.h support on sparc. Theo almost always
replies with some performance details as a reason.
It's irritating to not be able to use the PCMCIA cage on my LX, but I
think it's a worthwhile tradeoff.
Jonathan Patschke ) "Gamer weenies...are the sludge at the bottom
Elgin, TX ( of the user swamp." --Gary Nichols
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