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Hello everyone. This is Jody, the current maintainer of the ELKS project. I wanted to ask for everyone's opinion on what the future of ELKS should be.I can see many compelling reasons to drop ELKS entirely or shift it away from the 80(2)86-oriented platform, including the following:* No one works on ELKS. Really. I'm no C programmer, and apparently all the ones that COULD work on it have moved on to "bigger better things" in their lives.
There is no good documentation available. A WORKING documentation-project for ELKS is needed..
* 8086/80286 cores are being dropped in favor of other platforms, including ARM, 386EX, Coldfire, etc. While embedded Linux covers a lot of that territory, there is certainly some room for discussion of changing ELKS to be more portable and pushing it to those platforms. The minimalist approach to the ELKS kernel would make it far smaller than Linux and it could potentially compete with the likes of other smaller operating systems used in embedded applications, such as VxWorks.
Does that make Sense? Minix, Linux are available for 32bit systems. Do we need another one? I dont think so. But there is no "up-to-date" system which you can use on a 8086-80286.
* ELKS has not developed to a very "usable" stage yet. There are a hundred different ways the project could go, but the original stated goals are quickly showing that they are not it. Lack of interest in the project and limited ability to reuse the code are clear signs that something must change.
First step should be to look for a good sponsor. The entire project should be hosted and maintained by a greet Linux-Player. Ubuntu comes to my mind... Someone should ask them...The project is little, it needs not many ressources compared to a Linux-Distro.
I too remember that the Elks-Website was not updated for years.. No good sign for a project looking for developers...
To those of you who are still subscribed to this list: what do you think should be done? I look forward to hearing your answers!~Jody - To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-8086" in the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
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