[rescue] is anyone running Linux on a rescued UltraSparc?

Shawn Wallbridge shawn at synack-hosting.com
Fri Apr 11 10:24:00 CDT 2003

> Does everyone run Solaris on their UltraSparc boxes?  Or is anybody
> running  Linux?  If so, what distribution?
> I am not trying to start any wars here, and certainly don't want to
> prompt  a linux vs solaris discussion.  I'm just curious (mainly to find
> out if  there is a linux for ultrasparc distribution that is good...)
> Paul Phillips
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I run Debian on some of my SPARC64's. I started using Debian when I bought
my first SPARC (SS2) because it was the only current distribution for
SPARC. Now I run Debian whenever I need to run Linux on a server.

I think most free OS's are still playing catch up on SPARC64, but
hopefully it won't be too long before they are close to Solaris in

Hardware support is behind Solaris, but it may not take them long to catch

I have noticed some problems with various hme drivers out there.
Specifically on OpenBSD and Debian (but they have a patch for Debian that
fixes it). My OpenBSD machine couldn't survive an nmap scan.

Anyways, I like Debian on SPARC (32 and 64).


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