"Mike Klar" said:
: Harald Koerfgen wrote:
: > An additional idea is to hide all these details from Joe
: > Average, based on
: > assumptions from the machine and CPU type, but to make them
: > available to
: > developers.
: That sounds a lot more appealing. Joe Average might be able to guess R3000
: core vs R4000 core, but only someone who has been following the kernel
: development, or routinely settles down with CPU users manuals for pleasure
: reading, will know that their shiny new MIPS-based handheld doesn't support
: the LL/SC instruction pair.
I think that will come in time. Even with the Alpha, you don't have completely
generic kernels. Right now I think that the MIPS port still a bit to
early in development to worry about people that aren't following the
development compiling a kernel.
: As much as I think all users would benefit from a better understanding of
: the devices that power their computer equipment, I don't think it should be
: a pre-requisite for installing an OS.
This is true, and that should be kept in minding during development but should
not be something that is implemented now.
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