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Re: sparc-newbie questions

Hi Jeremy,

I'm running RedHat 6.2 on my Ultra 10, and there was a native SPARC version of Netscape
communicator in the distribution.  It is version 4.51.

You should be able to go to RedHat's FTP site (or any of its mirrors that support SPARC),
and download the RPMs.  If you can't find them, let me know, and I'll see if I can grab
them off of the CD for you.

Also, here's the relevant portion of my XF86Config, that seems to work just fine:

# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
#    XkbDisable
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#    XkbModel    "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#    XkbModel    "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#    XkbLayout   "de"
# or:
#    XkbLayout   "de"
#    XkbVariant  "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#    XkbOptions  "ctrl:nocaps"
    XkbRules    "sun"
    XkbModel    "type5_unix"
    XkbLayout   "us"

- Derek

Jeremy Rashbrooke wrote:

>  Howdi,
>  I've finally got a decent sparc (Ultra-10) box to run Debian on.  I've been playing
>  with Debian for years on the i386 .. and was most impressed with the way that
>  "things just worked" again, once I got rid of Solaris on this machine.  I have hit a
>  couple of problems, though, that aren't FAQ's, and aren't in the manual, and can't
>  find in the mailing list archives.
>  Q1.
>  Has anyone gotten a Token-Ring (PCI) card working under Sparc-Linux?  It's
>  notable by its absence on the supported-hardware list, but such things tend to
>  be out of date.  Of course, TR is out of date, so I'm not really optimistic.  It's just
>  that I'm currently routing from ethernet to TR via a Novell box .. and I'm even
>  less optimistic about that working well forever.
>  Q2.
>  My keyboard under X (using either KDE2 or Enlightenment) is confused.  Most
>  keys work, but for l, m, return, etc.  l & m don't return anything, return throws up
>  a 'c', for example.  It's odd.  That's with type5.  With type6, it's as though all the
>  keys are offset by one position to the right.  That's odd, too.  Things are, of
>  course, fine under normal console. My XF86Config (which does appear to be
>  used under sparc..?) has :
>     XkbDisable
>     XkbModel    "sun"
>     XkbKeycodes "sun(type5)"
>  or
>     XkbKeycodes "sun(type6)"
>  I've dis-disabled the XKB stuff, but that results in no joy at all.  I'm using a normal
>  Sun keyboard (type6), under kernel 2.2.17, pure potato, and the Mach64 server.
>  Q3.
>  There really isn't a version of communicator or navigator for Sparc-Linux, is
>  there?  The netscape site seems to think everyone running "Linux" would be
>  on an i386 architecture .. or am I missing something?
>  Potato has a netscape & communicator -base's, plus some -nethelp's, but
>  doesn't let you know you'r about to be horribly disappointed when you apt-get
>  and install those stubs.
>  Taa,
>  Jedd.
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