Contributed by jose on from the call-for-help dept.
"Looks like SUN keeps on having preferences although it keeps constantly pestering Microsoft about not beeing open. They aren't better.. This message has been posted to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list by Theo:If any of you can help, this would greatly improve support on the Ultrasparc platform. If you haven't seen OpenBSD on the Sparc64 platform, you're missing out. If you do contact Sun, please be cordial and make a good impression about the OpenBSD project. No need to give them reason to not share documentation."We've been trying to get ultrasparc 3 documentation for quite some time. The documentation Sun provides on the net is not sufficient to write an operating system, and Sun admits it. Various developers have been trying, and it is CLEAR we need more documentation. We've been trying for more than a year to get Sun to open up. We've talked to about 20 people who work there. Nothing has progressed. We have documentation for basically every 32 or 64 -bit processor made, except for this one. (For ethernet cards, we have documentation for everything except 2, for RAID cards we have documentation for everything except 2, for scsi cards we have documentation for everything). Previously, our user community's assistance in contacting Adaptec personal caused Adaptec to have a rapid change in heart regarding scsi chipset documentation. I do not feel this is harrassment, since you are letting your vendor know you want them to support you. Adaptec initially got very upset, but I have heard reports that the person who had slacked in getting us documentation nearly got fired. Regarding Sun, we've tried very hard to find the person who is responsible in this regard, and it is clear that we have found who is responsible; in a voice call 3 weeks ago he assured me that he was the person who would change this if he could, and that I need not try finding anyone else. Other employees also pointed me up the chain to him. Ahmad Zandi (408) 616-5783 email@example.com Please give him a call and let him know that you want us to have documentation. I am going to be talking up some press people on this issue. The level of stonewalling we have received on this is just so arrogant, it is just so offensive. If Sun says they are open, they need to start acting it."
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