amd64 - invitation to test
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Tue Aug 18 10:24:37 PDT 2009
I'd like to echo Simon's words too. You have really gotten us over
the hump on amd64. We always expected there would be a lot of issues.
FreeBSD is still having issues, after all, and they've had their 64-bit
port in their tree for twice as long as we have.
Sure we didn't have the vkernel working, and I think the 32-bit
compat support was a bit out of reach in the first place, and yes I
would like to see the vkernel operational in a near-term time frame...
but AMD64 is also far FAR more stable now then it was before
and you got SMP working! That is a big deal in my book.
Our amd64 stuff is now to the point where mere mortals can actually
run it and help track down bugs.
So I consider the GSOC a success even if all the goals were not met
by the deadline.
You should here some the horror stories posted on the GSOC mentor
list :-). DragonFly GSOC projects are more trial-by-fire then other
vendors but we also offer a ton more support on IRC then I think
virtually anyone else. As someone who has actually had to hire
programmers in the past, I guarantee the experience will be a major
benefit to our GSOC students. Universities just don't prepare students
for the real world when it comes to Computer Science.
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