Thursday Jun 12, 2008

More Doc Talk

For all you driver writers out there looking to get old Sun gear jammin' on your Free OS of choice, here are seven more docs that were published to the FOSS Docs Wiki since my last laundry list back at the end of March:

Single Chip GX/TGX Product Family User's Manual

MicroSPARC-I user's manual Reference Guide

MicroSPARC-II User's Manual

MicroSPARC-II Datasheet

Writing SBus Drivers Guide

Writing FCode Drivers for SBus Guide

SPARCsystem 600MP VMEbus  Guide

Unfortunately there were a couple that were absolutely nowhere to be found, namely the SEC SBus to Ebus Interface User's Guide and the EMC Error Correcting Memory Controller Users's Guide.  If anyone out there has an old copy of one of these or comes across a set at swap meet feel free to contact me.

Pau for now...

Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

FOSS Docs: Mentor Graphics Steps Up!

About a year ago when we kicked off our FOSS Docs project, one of the first chipsets on the list was "Fire."  By the end of last summer, after a bunch of doc scrubbing and legal review, we had posted the Fire Manual, Errata doc and Delta doc to the wiki.

It turns out however that a key piece needed by the OpenBSD community was missing -- the docs for the Fire I2C controller.  The Fire controller, I soon found out was based on Mentor Graphics' MI2CV IP core,  technology that Sun didn't own.   We contacted Mentor about making the documentation publicly available but were politely turned down.

Persistence Pays off 

Luckily Marco Riera at Sun decided that he would keep trying different avenues at Mentor.  Every couple of months he would send me an email saying, "I haven't given up yet." 

I admired his tenacity but felt he was tilting at windmills.  Needless to say I was very surprised when six months later he told me that Mentor would allow us to post a subset of their user manual that covers all the relevant info a coder would need.  The OpenBSD guys were psyched and Theo de Raadt asked for Marco and the people at Mentor's names so he could personally thank them.

Marco thanks for your persistence and Mentor thanks for allowing us to post your information.  This Bud is for both of you!

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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