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From: Zach Lowry <zach@×××××××××.net>
To: MaX List <max-list@××××××××××××××.com>, gentoo-dev@g.o, gentoo-user@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Gentoo/m68k
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 03:05:23
Message-Id: GOEBKKPCBEIAHHPNHLFHMELEJAAA.zach@zachlowry.net
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Hello Everyone!

This is to let everyone on these list know about my progress
concerning Gentoo/m68k. I have been working for the past month on the
port and have made signifigant progress. Portage is working, and a
Stage1 has been built. However, I was overzealous with my CFLAGS and
added -O3, which made my Stage1 chroot do odd things. 

Then, I decided to rebuild the entire system, but Debian's gcc
package broke, which had me cursing for about 2 weeks. I had glibc
builds failing left and right. (Well, actually, only one failed every
day, since I'm on a 33MHz machine. :)

Anyhow, that's all fixed now, and I hope to have an official stage1
tarball ready soon. What this e-mail is for is to hopefully gather
interest in the port so that the powers that be may make it an
official Gentoo architecture. I realize that m68k is 10-years old,
but it still has several uses, and Gentoo can fulfil those uses quite
nicely. I have two Sun 3/80s that serve as DNS for me, and a Performa
550 as a NTP server, A Quadra 660AV for video, etc. As the Monty
Python line goes, "They're Not Dead Yet!"

With Gentoo, we'll be able to squeeze every last bit of performance
out of these old beasts, as well as trim down the distribution to a
minimum, lending itself to netbooding and embedded work. m68k
hardware covers a vast landscape, including but not limited to
Macintosh, NeXT, Sun3, HP300, Amiga, and Atari. These machines were
high-end at the time, and can still be put to good use. 

Thanks for reading, and if you're interested in the work I've done,
please reply, so I can know that what I've done is worth releasing,
and the fine folks at Gentoo can know that m68k is a platform worth
supporting. 

Zach Lowry || Murfreesboro, TN || www.zachlowry.net
Linux / *BSD / Irix / Solaris / Apple / Unix Network Administration

Registered Linux User #264589
14 Different NetBSD-Supported Machines

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