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Re: [RFC PATCH 3/3] hw/openrisc: Add the OpenRISC virtual machine

From: Jason A. Donenfeld
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 3/3] hw/openrisc: Add the OpenRISC virtual machine
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2022 10:19:41 +0200

Hi folks,

On Sun, Jun 05, 2022 at 04:32:13PM +0900, Stafford Horne wrote:
> Why can't m68k switch to little-endian in qemu and the kernel?  The m68k virt
> platform is not that old, 1 year? Are there a lot of users that this would be 
> a big
> problem?

I also share this perspective. AFAICT, m68k virt platform *just*
shipped. Fix this stuff instead of creating more compatibility bloat for
a platform with no new silicon. The risks of making life difficult for
15 minutes for all seven and a half users of that code that only now has
become operational is vastly dwarfed by the good sense to just fix the
mistake. Treat the endian thing as a *bug* rather than a sacred ABI.
Bugs only become sacred if you let them sit for years and large numbers
of people grow to rely on spacebar heating. Otherwise they're just bugs.
This can be fixed.


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