[linux-elitists] Re: Linux ports

Steven Critchfield le@drunkenlogic.com
Wed Oct 22 21:41:05 PDT 2003

On Wed, 2003-10-22 at 16:50, Adam Sampson wrote:
> Jeff Kinz <jkinz@kinz.org> writes:
> > Question #1 : Given the rapid adoption and diverse nature of the
> > platforms which Linux and Linux derivatives like culinux and
> > rt-linux are being propagated are you still sure that NetBSD covers
> > more architectures?
> No, I'm not; I was just eyeball-comparing the list of merged platforms
> on <http://www.netbsd.org/Ports/> with the architectures in the stock
> Linux kernel. On closer inspection:
> Both have: Alpha, ARM, PA-RISC, i386, m68k, MIPS, PowerPC, SH, SPARC,
> x86-64.
> Only NetBSD has: 68010, NS32k, VAX.
> Only Linux has: CRIS, IA64, S390.
> So there really isn't very much to choose between them. If you're
> willing to add the externally-maintained architectures for Linux
> (particularly including the no-MMU variants), then Linux has the edge;
> of course, it's rare to find a Linux distribution that supports all
> the architectures above (Debian come pretty close, but they don't do
> SH or CRIS yet), whereas the NetBSD "distribution" does the lot.

The Dreamcast port is a debian distro on SH. 

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