Today, 6 Feb 1998, in the newsgroup, alt.solaris.x86, the
following message was posted:
From Sun technical support ...
#Thank you for your request for driver support. Unfortunately,
#informed us that there will be no further driver development for
#The NeoMagic NM2070 driver will not work with the NM2160.
#Further infomation will be available shortly on access1.sun.com
#suspension of laptop support.
#Sun Microsystems Technical Support
There are companies that have been using Solaris/x86 on
laptops/notebooks running custom applications developed in-house.
I am currently working with one such company. With the above news
I have the following questions:
1. What approach should the Linux Community, Linux Vendors, and Linux
Developers take in informing these companies that Linux is able to
meet their need/requirement/want for UNIX(tm) on a laptop/notebook?
2. What development tools can we bring together to allow for a
shorter porting cycle from Solaris/X86 to Linux for these apps?
Both the client and I assumed (yes I know our first mistake ;-) )
that we would have a 4 to 6 month time frame to work with. With
today's news that time frame has basically gone to 0 (zero) months.
It is unfortunate that the developers of this application, developed
under AT&T Sablime and Nmake. What tools can be made available to
Linux developers which encounter these development tools during
application ports that will help make to port even a little easier.
3. For those apps that use STREAMS, what documentation can we bring
together to allow developers to learn enough about STREAMS in order to
rewrite that code using sockets? The other alternative would be to
complete the Linux STREAMS support as quickly as possible, while not
jeopardizing the stability, quality, and performance of Linux.
I am open to suggestions, comments, insights, etc.
Terry L. Ridder
Blue Danube Software (Blaue Donau Software)
"We do not write software, we compose it."
When the toast is burnt
and all the milk has turned
and Captain Crunch is waving goodbye
when the Big One finds you
may this song remind you that they
don't serve breakfast in hell