Contributed by jose on from the vroom-vroom dept.
Hi, As some of you have seen there is once again SMP activity, this time I have good hopes of getting to a point where the branch will be usable before I once again will be hit my real life demands :-) Genua is sponsoring me for this work, and it is very appreciated. The SMP branch now works for some i386 MP systems (the config to use is GENERIC.MP), if booting multiuser and staying up for a few hours can be considered working :-) There are a bunch of machine specific problems (e.g. motherboards with non-standard interrupt routing), at least one more serious data corruption problem (meaning, do not write to important files, if you have no way of recreating them) and there is still missing all userland support (like ps and top support). That said, the report Marco provided is for a build of the normal GENERIC kernel without SMP support, of course those issues need to be fixed too, although it's a low priority. I don't even believe such a kernel will work, I have not tested it at all. I also doubt the MP kernel will work on UP systems, but you are free to test. Don't expect me to react fast to report or questions on this, I rather keep a low communicative profile, and instead work at a full pace, and I believe my funder expects me to as well :-) Happy hacking, Niklas
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