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Last Updated: 97/01/24
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This is the Meta-FAQ for the SPARC/Linux project. It is mainly a list
of pointers to other sources of information, FTP sites, etc.
1. What is SPARC/Linux?
SPARC/Linux is a port of the Linux operating system to the SPARC
platform, specifically to Sun SPARCstations. This is not a "new"
version of Linux, it is a port that is integrated into the normal
distribution kernel tree. The user level interface and most of
the kernel is still the same. Only machine-dependent parts of the
kernel have changed.
Also - MOST IMPORTANT - this effort is a work-in-progress. Its
current status is still beta! Sure a lot of the time it seems
more stable than Sun's OS but there are NO GUARANTEES. There now
is a ready made distribution, but there are no toll-free support
lines, or 300 page installation manuals! If you want to get
involved you have to expect to work through some problems on your
2. Where can I find more information about the project?
The best place to start is the SPARC/Linux WWW Home Page:
- Pointers to the FAQ and HOW-TOs
- Mailing List info and archives
- Recent news and announcements
- List of FTP sites, mirrors, etc.
Information on the RedHat SPARC/Linux Distribution can be found:
There are two additional Web site with more information:
3. How do I boot Linux on my Sparc?
Right now the easiest way is to install the RedHat SPARC/Linux
distribution. This is a full release of the RedHat distribution
which you can purchase on CD or install via FTP. For more
information see found at:
4. How do I solve problems booting/installing/running SPARC/Linux?
You should first look at the FAQ:
For problems booting you can look at the HOWTOs:
For problems with the RedHat distribution, there is an errata page:
That failing join one of the mailing lists and ask for some help.
4. What are the main FTP sites:
Main RedHat FTP site: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-4.0)
Some mirrors: (see ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/MIRRORS)
The main FTP site for the project which has the recent kernel
snapshots, libc development, and some utilities is:
The Red Hat people have been porting their RPM packages to the sparc.
These (as well as mirrors if 'vger' and 'sunsite.cz')
are available at:
Jakub Jelinek has various X11 and Openwin stuff packaged (and a
lot of other stuff including mirrors of 'vger' and 'redhat'):
The latest X11 rpms, libc, dynamic linker and some extra tools
are available in:
An additional mirror of the first three sites above is:
European Mirror Sites
- ftp://sunsite.cnlab-switch.ch/mirror/linux/Sparc (mirror of vger & redhat)
- ftp://ftp.uni-trier.de/pub/unix/systems/linux/Sparc (mirror of first three)
5. What Mailing Lists are available for the project?
There are three mailing lists devoted to the SPARC/Linux project:
firstname.lastname@example.org (main mailing list)
email@example.com (RedHat related issues)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Debian related issues)
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