[rescue] What Linux can run on Sun Fire V890 (UltraSparc IV+) server

Jonathan J. M. Katz jon at jonworld.com
Wed Nov 25 09:07:03 CST 2009

The OP (Aaron?) suggested he wanted a platform for ffmpeg and other fun
things to (I assume) transcode video.

> something I can compile FFMPEG on, or run Blender on.

That said, I'm not sure why there isn't Solaris/Sparc support for those
apps, especially given the VIS instruction set of the sparc CPUs. VIS is the
Sparc analog of Intel's MMX. More info: http://www.sun.com/processors/vis/

I'm not sure how well gcc can compile those apps for use with VIS.
sunfreeware.com doesn't seem to have either blender or ffmpeg pre-compiled.
Then again, Sun's compilers seem to be free for download these days, anyway,
so that isn't much of an issue; you can use the Sun compiler and get the
support for VIS (hopefully the compiler is smart enough and there doesn't
need to be magic pixie dust in the code itself.)

However, after playing around with blastwave, there does seem to be a
pre-compiled copy of ffmpeg, but not blender.

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 9:58 AM, Jerry K <sun.mail.list47 at oryx.cc> wrote:

> Other than addressing frame buffer issues (I haven't seen those discussed
> yet), I am at a loss as to why Solaris or OpenSolaris wouldn't be the ideal
> OS for this system.

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