[rescue] is anyone running Linux on a rescued UltraSparc?
chris at yonderway.com
Fri Apr 11 12:47:48 CDT 2003
On Friday, April 11, 2003, at 11:00 AM, Paul Phillips wrote:
> Does everyone run Solaris on their UltraSparc boxes?
Sometimes. I had been running mostly Solaris & OpenBSD but now I'm
leaning towards Linux.
> Or is anybody running Linux? If so, what distribution?
For workstation use, I like Aurora SPARC Linux which is pretty much Red
Hat 7.3 for SPARC.
For servers I prefer Debian. Especially if the servers are collocated
somewhere that I don't have convenient access to.
> 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
Debian is pretty good on sparc. Aurora is 100% focused on sparc and
comes out of the box with more up-to-date packages than Debian (though
with Debian, once you have your apt-get stuff figured out it is very
easy to remedy that). Most of the problems I've had have not been
Linux related but boneheaded GNU stuff that is written for x86 and
never tested anywhere else. Aurora comes with a rich array of packages
already built and running on sparc so you don't have to wrassle with
goofy packages that won't compile sanely on non-x86.
Why my interest in switching from OpenBSD to Linux? Updates. OpenBSD
does not have a convenient way of distributing security updates. You
need to download source, patch, compile, install... you get the
picture? With Debian it is a simple "apt-get update && apt-get
upgrade" (I like a little more control than that but it can be that
simple if you want it to be). With Aurora you can use up2date and
rhn_check for security patches (distributed in binary form). There is
also the problem of authentication. Linux has the sanest
implementation of PAM and nsswitch out of anyone. Solaris claims to
support it but it will bust your balls trying to set up simple LDAP
authentication and pulling your automount maps from LDAP. OpenBSD
doesn't even support it. Linux not only supports it, they make it easy
to set up.
Guess I better put my asbestos suit on now that I've said something
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