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Re: future for FBSD on alpha
- To: Dieter <freebsd_(_at_)_sopwith_(_dot_)_solgatos_(_dot_)_com>
- Subject: Re: future for FBSD on alpha
- From: Wilko Bulte <wb_(_at_)_freebie_(_dot_)_xs4all_(_dot_)_nl>
- Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 17:08:33 +0200
- Cc: freebsd-alpha_(_at_)_FreeBSD_(_dot_)_ORG
Quoting Dieter, who wrote on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 10:30:01PM +0100 ..
> > I wonder how many people run FBSD on alpha.
> > According to bsdstats.org very few - less than 5 boxes.
> > There must be more.
> There are lots of BSD machines that bsdstats.org doesn't
> know about.
> > like myself, are keen to see FBSD supported on alpha
> > for say 1-3 more years. If yes, we might be able to lobby
> > ports maintainers not to drop support for alpha ports.
> I might be interested in switching from Net to Free, but if
> support is going away that would be a bad idea. 1-3 years
In all reality FreeBSD on Alpha is with one foot in the grave.
After FreeBSD-6.x goes EOL things are dead.
It would have been better (read: it would have made survivability
of the Alpha-port a lot better) if people had voiced their interest/support
a bit earlier..
Regardless, it is water under the bridge now.
> isn't very long. This is part of a larger problem. NetBSD
> is also dropping support for arches. People don't want to
> support things like uucp or usenet any more. Anything more
> than 5 nanoseconds old just isn't considered cool. Even if
> the replacements are far worse, which is often the case.
> What are we supposed to do with older boxes? Some applications
> that don't require the latest fast hardware, like firewalls,
> still require support and security fixes. Throwing machines
> into the landfill isn't very green.
True. On the other hand, the power consumption of the average / current
Alpha is not exactly green either. I am not running mine regularly, only
when I build releases/snapshots.
Wilko Bulte wilko_(_at_)_FreeBSD_(_dot_)_org
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