Re: Pentium Pro and Pentium II bug

Robert Harley (
Mon, 12 May 1997 21:09:13 +0200 (MET DST)

JoeK wrote:
>> Solaris emulator: not that I know of.
>i wouldn't use it anyway. come on, look at all the trouble we are
>having running linux executables on netbsd!

Well Digital's emulation technology is pretty nifty. It just... works,
rare as that is in this day and age! And it's fast: emulation on AlphaNT
beats Intel on many Intel-specific benchmarks from serious ones like
Bapco to PC Magazine crap-o-rama-marks. When I downloaded the emulator
warez for Linux I said to myself "this can't to live up to the hype"
but it did! Untar and run.

Anyway, doesn't exist for Solaris.

>> You could always mix and match!
>aye, we could, but it would only gain us some degree of maintenance
>overhead and confusion. [...]
>great, but that doesn't solve my management-overhead problem.

There is something to be said for using >= 2 systems though. It
forces a serious portability (too much beer... can't think of the
word...) DISCIPLINE on you. Otherwise it is way too easy to fall into
vendor specific -isms. If you're distributing stuff in pure Java this
may not be mucho important but if you have bits of C or shell scripts
it is, as I'm sure you know. Darn, the meagre contributions I've made
to GNU-ware must even work on PeeCees. That sucks ;)

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