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Re: deb-sparc X and other questions

On Fri, 2 Mar 2001 mstockda@dti.net wrote:

> 1) What's the general state of the debian-sparc port (from a day to
> day usage viewpoint, rather than a feature-list viewpoint). I'm trying
> to decide what OS to run on my SS20, between debian, OpenBSD, and
> Solaris.. Basically, I want to run a bunch of xterms and a browser
> (konquerer, mozilla, whichever).

My experience has been that it's about as good as any other Debian
GNU/Linux port. I have occasionally encountered some i386-centric things,
(e.g. some packages expect you're using X86FConfig, but the Xsun server
(in the 3.x packages) doesn't need it.)  Generally, however, it works
quite well.

One thing to be aware of, however, is that third-party products may be
available only for the i386 port, not for the sparc port. For example, if
your work requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, you'll find it's available for
Solaris/SPARC, Solaris/x86, and Linux/i386, but not for Linux/SPARC.  You
should check out the applications you'll need and determine what operating
system they'll run under.

    Andy Dougherty		doughera@lafayette.edu
    Dept. of Physics
    Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042

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