Val's re-emergence to linux-kernel is off to a bad start, pushing agenda with which we are all too familiar. Honestly, I expected better.
Sparc saw a thremendous progress over the weekend. I did not do much, only changed 3 or 4 lines in sunzilog.c, but this removed old the chokes from my wheels. It was a little tough to debug kernels without a console output. I used JavaStation (PCI based) to keep with Linus' pace, but recent (~ 2.5.49) breakage in NFS client made it problematic. And all SMP boxes are SBus based, anyhow.