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Re: backward compatability of tools

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: backward compatability of tools
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 16:38:52 -0800
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David Kirkby <address@hidden> writes:

> Recently I was looking to put another operating system on a Sun for
> testing and someone suggested using SunOs 4.1.4, since it is still used
> a fair amount.

I think you've been somewhat misinformed there.  Even in the incredibly
Sun-heavy and very slow-moving academic environment here at Stanford, we
retired our last SunOS system over a year ago.  Support for its K&R
compiler has been widely discontinued in many major software packages, as
has support for its pre-ANSI C library and header files.  Almost no one
developing free software still has a working SunOS system.

I recommend putting NetBSD on the system instead; that should be much more
up-to-date in terms of operating system and C library functionality and
much easier to deal with.

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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