Gotta love embedded developers...

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Mon Jul 19 16:35:37 UTC 2010

Tom Horsley wrote:
> Out of curiosity I downloaded the GPLed source code for the
> firmware in my new Netgear WNR3500L router. The first thing
> I see is the build instructions which start with:
>       1. This package has been built successfully on Fedora Core 2.
>          Compiling this package on platforms other than Fedora Core 2
>          may have unexpected results.
> Now there's someone who doesn't want their development platform
> changing on them :-).
> (This is the netgear firmware mind you, not dd-wrt, which is a
> different kettle of fish...).

I still run a RH8 VM, and an internal server built on FC3, which uses some 
things changed in recent versions of gcc. Cheap memory, disk, and VMs have 
changed the relationship between cost of porting to something newer and cost of 
keeping an old machine for development.

I'm not saying this is good or bad, just that the old development is stable and 
virtually without cost.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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