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SubjectRe: Linux for sparc..
> How stable / usable is linux on a sparc platform?
>
> Tony

Stable enough to run X windows and emacs. :) Seriously, you should
join the sparclinux@vger.rutgers.edu list and read the RedHat page
that has nice links to other information (URL:
http://www.redhat.com/sparc).

Right now, I am running Linux/SPARC 2.0.0 on a SparcStation SLC with
16 MB. SparcLinux runs on sun4c (SLC, ELC, IPC, IPX, 1, 1+, ...) and
sun4m architecture (5, 10, 20, ...) machines. Multiple processors are
also supported. There is 99% SunOS binary emulation (dynamically
linked executables as well).

Linux/SPARC is out the point where the final kinks are being worked
out of the native libc and attention starting to turn to producing a
full userland. RedHat has a lot of sparc RPM packages available but
not official distribution yet.

Tom


Tom Dyas tdyas@noc.rutgers.edu
Network Operations Group http://noc.rutgers.edu/~tdyas/
Rutgers University Computing Services 908-445-5683


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