[RFC PATCH 00/12] Merge common OpenFirmware device tree code

Chris Newport crn at netunix.com
Thu Oct 8 12:29:25 EST 2009

On Wed, 7 Oct 2009, David Miller wrote:

>> Sun4c has also been broken for a long time and sun4d has never worked
>> properly. Is it time to also prune these ?.
>> That would leave only Sun4m in the 32bit kernel, which still works and
>> has plenty of ongoing user interest.
> Chris don't over-exaggerate the state.
> The truth is that the whole sparc32 port is in a state of mild
> disrepair, and many of the issues apply to all the port rather than
> just one family of systems.  I think someone suitably motivated
> could get most of the bugs sorted out.
> There is no reason to drop support for SS1 machines, we already fully
> build the software device tree and use all of the generic OF
> infrastructure in the Linux kernel on those systems.  It is not a road
> block at all for the OF genericization work, if that's what you read
> into wmb's email.

Your call, as you say there is little to be gained other than tidyness.

FWIW my opinions (and ICBW) are based on :-
Sun4c machines have a max of 48 or 64Mb and very few are still working
Sun4d has never had SMP support and this is apparantly problematic
  due to Cray interlectual property causing a lack of bus documentation.
  Running these heavy and power hungry lumps UP is a bit silly.

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