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Re: GNU Mach on Alpha

From: Roland McGrath
Subject: Re: GNU Mach on Alpha
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 18:19:32 -0400 (EDT)

> What parts of OSKit is GNU Mach going to use? I'm assuming that it is not
> going to use all of it...

You should build the oskit and oskit-mach for x86 (even if you're not going
to use it) so you can see for yourself.  

> So far, I've already got oskit/dev, oskit/oskit/alpha, and oskit/threads
> ported (these modules compile, but have not been tested)...

Please subscribe to oskit-users@cs.utah.edu and post there immediately
about your Alpha work.  I think some group somewhere already started some
Alpha oskit work that was never incorporated, and it would be a shame if
you duplicated work that's already been done.  

I am all for the approach of porting the oskit, if you are up for doing it.
That would be fabulous!  In that case, the thing to do is to get the oskit
port basically working first before worrying about Mach at all.  So, take
the discussion to oskit-users, get some oskit example kernels working, and
then come back here to start talking about oskit-mach.  Get the hello world
examples, and some examples that use the disk and net drivers (there are
several simple ones) working, and a usable minimal console (for oskit
getchar and printf).  That's the oskit code you need to have working to get
started on Mach.  (Well actually you could get started on Mach without the
disk and net devices working yet, but you could only get Mach as far as
booting and setting up a task before you would have to go back and make
drivers work.)

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