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

John-Mark Gurney jmg at
Fri Aug 5 15:32:46 UTC 2016

Adrian Chadd wrote this message on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 07:29 -0800:
> > FreeBSD has an opportunity to fill the void in the secondhand Oracle
> > (Sun) Hardware market if people want to take it.... but I seriously
> > don't see why anyone would buy new Oracle boxes and shove FreeBSD on
> > them - unless their admins already manage FreeBSD on older + Intel hardware.
> >
> As always, someone has to write and debug the code.
> Users are only as good as the revenue to generate to cover
> development/debugging/deployment costs.
> So if you're a sparc64 user, how much would you be willing to pay for
> freebsd/sparc64 support and development?
> I'm all for keeping an architecture like sparc around, as long as
> there's active development and active users. MIPS has both. ARM has
> both. Powerpc has both. Sparc is missing some active developers, but
> it has plenty of FreeBSD users that speak up (and more users that only
> speak up privately.) So, if you want to see sparc64 support continue,
> this requires a grass roots effort to get more development happening -
> either users need to step up, or someone has to start contributing
> money.

If you care, then give donations to the FreeBSD Foundation, and say
you want/need sparc64 and/or sun4v support...

Or find a developer to pay for the work...  These are the straight
forward ways to keep sparc64 alive...

  John-Mark Gurney				Voice: +1 415 225 5579

     "All that I will do, has been done, All that I have, has not."

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