Re: sparc hardware added to boot-floppies Installation Manual
Adam Di Carlo <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On 02 Feb 1999 19:34:37 -0500, Steve Dunham <email@example.com> said:
> > : Debian 2.1 supports four architectures: Intel x86-based architectures;
> > : Motorola 680x0 machines such as Atari, Amiga, and Macintoshes; DEC
> > : Alpha machines, and SPARC machines. These are referred to as i386,
> > : m68k, and alpha, respectively.
> > That last line should read:
> > m68k, alpha, and sparc, respectively.
> Wierd, that's how it reads in my copy.
Perhaps the web site was out of date... I cut and pasted that text
> > There are still some yet to be determined details. We will have
> > UltraSparc support in slink, but I don't know if the floppies will
> > work on those architectures. I'm having little luck with floppies.
> > I can't get anything to boot in the Ultras - not even the
> > UltraPenguin image.
> Well, AFAIK, sparc64 is a separate arch, isn't it? I thought it was,
> and that sparc but not sparc64 was releasing slink.
> I must be confused?
There will not be a sparc64 release of Debian for a long time _but_
the "sparc" Debian runs just fine on an Ultra as long as you're using
a 64-bit kernel. The sparc64 kernel does sparc "emulation" -
essentially, it can run 32-bit binaries, and handles the 32-bit
syscalls appropriately. This is how the UltraPenguin distribution
So the Sparc distribution in slink will run on Ultras.