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SubjectRe: Linux on a SparcServer 4/490?
> So it may be cheap, nice, and a simple design, but often hardware
> level simplicity can translate into massive software level complexity.

No kidding. It took years to flush out all the bugs (cough). But the point
may be that at the time it was done, it was an excellent cheap MMU with
cacheing.

> But there are other cases where hardware level simplicity translates
> into simple software support too. The difference is when the hardware
> and software people are allowed to get into the same room together.

Not always.

>
> I at least do not feel guilty in branding various Sparc mmu/cache
> implementations one way or another, simply because I have done the
> software support for the large majority of them.

Fair enough.


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