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Re: new to SPARC and Debian-sparc

On Tue,  7 Jun 2005 14:00:47 +0200 (CEST)
John WHITE <johnfwhite@wanadoo.fr> wrote:

> Afternoon all,
> Can I preface this post by saying I am new to sparc and have only dabbled in installing Debian (although I have been building PC's for >9yrs and using flavours of linux for 7 yrs).
> I installed Solaris 10 on my Ultra5 and then though it fun to install Debian - which went fine -no problems there. Linux seemed to run faster but of course the current stable version is fairly 'old'. 
> What is he current availability of newer or unstable packages - is there quite a comprehensive selection?
> Can I (or how do I/do I have to) compile packages for sparc (I have done this for i386)?
> Any other gotchas??
> Pl remember I am new to Debian/SPARC and 
> John White
> Cheshire, UK

John, welcome to the Sparc Debian Family!  I run the latest Sparc port (Sarge) her on a Sun Ultra 5 desktop at home (I am actually replying to your original email posting on it right now <G>).

As long as you run "apt-get upgrade" and "apt-get update" on a fairly regular basis (run the program as root of course) the you should not have any problems with any of the latest updates.

Robert Wolfe, OpenSource Solutions

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