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big/little endian

To: riscy@pyramid.com
Subject: big/little endian
From: tor@tss.no (Tor Arntsen)
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1993 11:02:20 +0200
>>>>>On Jun 23,  2:34pm, Neil Russell wrote:
>> > *  The R3000 is able to be a little endian or a big endian machine.
>> >    Most operating systems that I've seen use the big endian mode, but
>> >    since linux runs on the 386, little endian may be more appropriate.
>> I don't know if it will make that much difference, but I suppose
>> little-endian is easiest.  Big endian will probably make talking to
>> ISA IO boards quite tricky.
>I don't like the idea of hardware swapping the bits, so this favours
>little endian, however, RISCos is big endian and has a few ISA bus
>slots; so the software must swap the bytes itself; Mmmm, this is the
>RISC way, after all...

I would prefer big endian, but I have no strong objections (that means, I will
buy the board anyway) if it ends up the other way (the DEC/Intel way vs. 
the rest of the world.. :-) :-)



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