[rescue] SPARCclassic X - what software did this run?

Andrew Liles blah at spilk.org
Wed Sep 6 06:52:32 CDT 2017

Thanks Peter!

I have heard the same - that the motherboards are identical to the regular
Classic, but generally shipped with far less RAM, and maybe the PROM is a
slightly different version/different NVRAM settings. I'm just interested in
whole "X terminal" aspect of it vs. using it as a normal standalone

I'm guessing it's a minimal version of Solaris that netboots and just loads
Xsun and xdmcp or something - but can't really find any references to it
from blurbs in press releases.


> On Sep 5, 2017, at 10:33 PM, Peter Stokes <peter at ashlyn.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi Andrew
> I forget the exact software it was to run, I am sure someone will enlighten
> you, but pretty sure it was a marketing version of the classic (ie same
> motherboard and same chassis) with maybe no disk and limited memory, but
> be upgraded to a full classic, a bit like they did with the Netra versions
> the SS5 and SS20.
> I could of course remember it incorrectly...!
> Peter
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> On 6 Sep 2017, at 05:13, Andrew Liles <blah at spilk.org> wrote:
>> It sounds like the SPARCclassic X machines were designed to netboot
> X
>> terminal software instead of a full SunOS/Solaris - does anyone know how
> that
>> worked, how that was installed, and if some sort of distribution of that
>> still out there somewhere?
>> I assume the machines netbooted via the usual RARP/bootparams/NFS scheme
> that
>> other SPARC machines do, but how did that differ from a normal diskless
>> workstation setup?
>> May be acquiring one and would like to attempt running what it was
>> for.
>> Thanks!
>> -a.
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