Sparc64 doesn't care about you, and you shouldn't care about Sparc64

Warner Losh imp at
Sat Nov 14 17:16:30 UTC 2015

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:15 PM, Elizabeth Myers <elizabeth at>

> You are seriously going to use "we're not NetBSD" as an argument?

You noticed I didn't reply to it. The argument is completely lame. FreeBSD
today in a variety of markets. Some new, some not so new. The thing that
each of these areas unique is that there's a thriving community around them,
FreeBSD still runs well enough on these machines to get something done, and
when things break, they get fixed in a timely manner.

Alpha was removed because it got broken by some changes, and stayed broken
for a long time despite repeated requests to fix it. Sparc64 is on the cusp
of that:
some minor things are broken, but have been fixed. The current crisis is
due to
the end of life of gcc in the tree and its fallout coupled with some
neglect of the
port due to time constraints.

At first I was all for removal. With more data, I'm less sure. If the
promises are kept
made in this thread, it looks to remain viable for a while, though the lack
of a
qemu-user solution means that packages for a slow platform (where they are
really quite useful) will remain limited. Maybe there's enough hardware
that third-party pkg repos can fill the gap, maybe not. I think we should
with this model and see what it produces. Give the branching of 11 as the
to show something viable...


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