[rescue] Need Build Help

Mouse mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG
Wed Jun 4 08:40:55 CDT 2014

>> Sorry if this is the wrong forum to ask for this :)  But I'm the CTO
>> of a small company, and we have a need to build some C++ on Sun
>> Solaris SPARC and AIX.

>> We're targeting Solaris 10 and AIX 6.1 on POWER if possible.

Does "Sun Solaris" even _exist_ any longer?  (Well, I'm sure the blobs
of bits still exist somewhere.  But I don't know the licensing; it may
be you'd have to buy right-to-run Oracle Solaris in order to be allowed
to run it.)

>> The expense of purchasing hardware just to build is kind of steep,
>> so I was wondering if anyone out there might volunteer their
>> machine?

Well, at least you're being honest. :-/  While you're at it, do you
perchance want to volunteer to pay me to do nothing in particular?

Personally, I'd suggest emulation.  IIRC there are pretty good SPARC
emulators out there; it would surprise me if there weren't good POWER
emulators too.

>> We'd be willing to pay some fee for continued access as well ...
>> it's not so much that we don't want to pay, it's more we don't want
>> to pay several hundred bucks for a couple machines and then have to
>> set them up and maintain them just for this.

Well, what's building this code worth to the company?  With a
volunteer's build machine you'll get volunteer-quality sysadmin and a
volunteer-quality SLA, don't forget.  (With the right volunteer, the
sysadmin can be better than paying someone, but you can't count on
that.  And even if it _is_ good it generally will be distinctly second
to the rest of the volunteer's life, including paying work - that's
where the SLA comes in.)

And to what extent can you trust the result?  This would be a perfect
opportunity to trojan the resulting binaries, after all.

No, I'm not volunteering.  To get me to run a binary-only OS on my own
hardware, you'd have to pay me more than it would cost you to run it

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