What allows for these earlier releases? Is it caused by the death of older, slower platforms? Is this a permanent shift from the May/Nov release cycle?
As I understand it, the lack of CD will be relevant from 6.1 and later.
5.8 was slightly early (Oct 18 instead of Nov 1), 5.9 was even earlier (29 Mar instead of May 1) and now 6.0 is out two months early.
I’m still disappointed that VAX support is no longer present, but pulling it was the right decision. I guess we’ll always have 4.3 Quasijarus!
I just hope SPARC isn’t next to go…
sparc was just removed on OpenBSD -current. sparc64 is still there.
I missed that announcement :( I had heard rumours that it was nearing the door, but didn’t realise it was going to be so soon. Guess it’s the passing of an era as it was Theo’s massive patchset for NetBSD/sparc that was key during the lead up to the fork (for those who’ve never read it, coremail is a fascinating read - lobsters story).
I still have a few 32-bit SPARC systems (not used for anything productive - I’m a huge fan of the SPARCstation 20) - I guess NetBSD is the only viable option now.
Keep them. My best recommendation for dealing with potential NSA subversion was putting root of trust on old, esp ancient, hardware that likely predated subversion. One can put a trusted interface in front of them to force simple, mediated communication to the app. Yet, gotta make sure hardware itself isn’t bacdoored. Odds strongly against that on a SPARCstation 20 or a VAX. ;)
Got a list of them here:
Note: Another benefit is in chasing the holy grail of automated generation of correct, secure, and portable software. Need lots of ISA’s and machines to test such tooling on. A tool with 10 implementations running full coverage testing on 50 machines from mutually-suspicious countries with same, correct output for every input inspires much confidence. For me at least.
Note 2: Intel’s i960 should be on that list. It’s still available in watered-down form. The original was one of their best designs. They’re the assholes that locked up Alpha’s, too. Briefly licensed by them and Samsung. They need to FOSS the last Alpha implementation if they still have it given OpenPOWER and OpenSPARC. I wan’t PALcode damnit! :)