Open Chips Wiki Open
By webmink on Aug 26, 2007
You may remember that just over two months ago I wrote about Hardware Archaeology, the need for documentation for hardware features from Sun's past to be made available so members of communities such as OpenBSD and FreeBSD could include support for those features. Actually, it goes further than that - now that OpenSPARC and OpenSolaris exist, there's plenty of information for current products too, and I hope we'll be able to go even further in future.
Well, in the intervening time the engineering teams in Sun's Microelectronics Group have been hard at work digging out documentation, checking it for legal obstacles and then getting it published. The results are on Sun's new public wiki site on the FOSS Open Hardware Documentation page. We've worked with a number of people, especially David Gwynne of OpenBSD, to identify an initial set of manuals for publication, and we have more in preparation. If you have a genuine need for documentation that's not listed, please do request it as shown on the wiki. We can't promise to make it available (see my earlier posting for why) but we do promise to try and to tell you the result.
The wiki is intended as a collaborative resource. We'd like to see links to implementations as well as links to documentation, so if you know of source code that implements features documented there please do add links. Sun employees can log in as usual to wikis.sun.com, and others may create an account and then apply to the page owner for access.