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Re: GNU Mach on Alpha

From: Jeroen Dekkers
Subject: Re: GNU Mach on Alpha
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 21:44:11 +0200
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On Fri, Apr 05, 2002 at 12:19:23PM -0700, Andrew M. Miklic wrote:
> > >     I have completed a very initial (it compiles but does not yet boot)
> port
> > > of GNU Mach to the Alpha processor--would anyone be willing to review
> and
> > > submit this patch?
> >
> > I've not downloaded the patch yet, but do you know we are going to
> > switch to the OSKit version of gnumach soon? This means that at least
> > part of the arch-specific code will be in the OSKit.
> I knew that it was planned at some point, but I'd heard from the l4 guys
> that active development on GNU Mach had stopped, so I didn't really think
> anyone was going forward with this--when is the switch planned for,
> approximately?

If I understood it correctly on IRC we will switch when Marcus console
server is finished and we have done some testing. I don't know exactly
when that will be, but probably before you've get gnumach booted on
alpha. All development is already done on the oskit branch if I'm
right, you should also base your development on that branch.

It's true that Mach isn't actively developped, this change to OSKit
was actually already mostly done a long time ago. It's just that we
removed a lot of unmaintained code from gnumach and link with
OSKit. That way we don't have to take care of all code which is in
OSKit, only the linking with OSKit. We also get linux 2.2 drivers with
> Also, do you know which parts of the arch-specific code will be in OSKit
> (or, if it's easier, which parts will _not_ be in OSKit)?

I don't know exactly, I suggest you just get the OSKit and OSKit-Mach

> Finally, I didn't think that OSKit had been ported to 64-bits--is this not
> true?

I'm not sure, a lot of code is just ripped from other projects. I
think the Linux code should be ported to 64 bits, but maybe some
OSKit-only code isn't. But there is a lot of code in OSKit we don't
use at the moment, so that doesn't have to be ported. I don't really
know the answer.

Jeroen Dekkers
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