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working on nus soc sunfire: from Linux to Solaris

Thu, 7 Jul 2011 01:49:49 +0800 | Filed under gsoc 2011 git diff, nus soc

People like to whine about how much NUS SOC sucks. Probably due to the bad experience with vi[m] on Sunfire. But let me be the first to tell you - no. They rule. Absolutely.

Ok ok, I'll come clean - I'm sounding like a fanboi after all the love my zone is showing me. It's a great place to run benchmarks, despite being a little on the slow side: there's no "background noise" from background processes etc. to interfere with the execution. I get very consistent numbers there.

Most would probably be accustomed to the Linux sh/terminal keyboard shortcuts (hell, even Mac has them) and GNU toolchain; you would be in for a shock over there. A few tips to make things easier:

  1. The HOME and END keys don't work. Use Ctrl-A and Ctrl-E instead

  2. To jump between words, don't bother with Ctrl, use Alt-F and Alt-B.

  3. To get the GNU tools, prepend 'g' - eg. make -> gmake, cc -> gcc.

(Hmm, I think this is probably the first time I'm writing something related to NUS.)

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