Tyan alternatives cuz their support totally sucks

Martin Nilsson martin at gneto.com
Mon Dec 5 04:41:36 PST 2005

David O'Brien wrote:
>>As a reseller we stick to the Supermicro A+ boards, they simply work, 
>>availability and support is also good.
> Watch out about the Supermicro H8DAR-T board - there is no FreeBSD
> support of the SATA controller.  Supermicro's support of even Linux for
> this board totally sux.  The SCSI Supermicro are fine.

I know, it's the infamous Marvell chips that require a signed NDA to get 
specifications. I have have asked Supermicro for support but since they 
too are under NDA they can't do anything and just refers me to the 
Marvell legal dept.

Just avoid Marvell chips if you are going to run anything else than 
Windows. It's obvious that Marvell don't want to sell to the huge BSD 
and Linux server market, so why should we put any effort into supporting 
their products for free?

We don't sell the products that have these chips (not even to Windows 
customers), this is to teach SM to not use them :-)


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