Author: Bill Language: text
Description: Non-X86 Cpus Timestamp: 2015-07-17 17:41:10 +0000
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  1. My name is Bill, I'm a 25 year old radio technician and sysadmin in Minnesota. I've been a BSD advocate since high school and am getting more involved in the BSD community all the time. I have to say I love the show, never miss it and it is definitely great to have the resource available.
  3. I'm one of probably a few users of FreeBSD and OpenBSD on multiple platforms left and when I heard you talk about that qmake issue on powerpc (which I was following in the freebsd-ppc mailing list) I thought I'd share some of my experience with BSD on some of the lesser used platforms.
  5. I manage a fair number of systems, most of them running on 64-bit Intel, but I probably have more sparc64 and powerpc systems running now than on i386. I have made it a bit of a specialty of mine to make use of BSD on existing equipment owned by a customer in a Solaris or OS X (or some other, older Unix...) environment and migrating their special sauce to run on it (or it could be as simple as setting up a Samba server on an existing G5 Mac they own).
  7. There are a lot of old SunFire servers running Solaris out there that will take years to die, and a lot of companies aren't excited about buying a lot of new hardware and porting their code over to Linux (thank goodness). When they start to run into software support and management issues, I've found BSD to be a relatively easy sell. They get an up to date modern OS with modern ports available and usually migrating their C code or perl isn't much of an issue. They get to hold off on buying hardware until there is a direct need (accounting really loves this).
  9. The advantage for me is that when these companies start looking at new hardware with the latest Xeon, they're already running FreeBSD 9.3 or 10.1. Their code is already ported, the software they're now using is already available and works. When they move, its basically a recompile and its good to go. These customers stick to BSD and forget about Linux or paying Oracle more money. Everything just works and they couldn't be happier.
  11. I've always been interested in the older and more unusual hardware, its a big part of how I found a niche in supporting it on a professional level. Personally I run a sparc64 server, a powerpc G5 Xserve, a Alpha based DS20L running OpenBSD and an old 68k Mac running NetBSD, partly for fun and partly to make sure I can support my clients (ok, the 68k Mac is purely for fun).
  13. I've found a lot of value in support for older platforms for getting my foot in the door with a lot of customers. Yes sparc64 isn't the future but I still think it is very much the present. Its not dead yet, there are a lot of users of this old gear out there if you know where to look. For a company that has never heard of BSD to adopt it because it will extend the life of their hardware I think that is a very powerful thing. I'm glad to see you guys reporting on the qmake issue because I think we should strive to keep ports building on older platforms and not give up because its tier 2, not yet. If qmake works on PPC, we might get one or two more BSD users out there.  
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