[ale] Linux and Sun
dchambers at snapserver.com
Fri Nov 30 10:57:59 EST 2001
I have Redhat 6.2 installed on a SparcStation 10 (Pizza Box 50MHz SPARC,
64 MB RAM, 2 GB HD), and the performance seems to be much better that
the Sun OS (2.4 I think) that was on there previously. While I am still
not pleased with the graphics performance with KDE, it seemed to run
console commands nicely. If your running it as a console server it
shouldn't be to bad.
David Brooks wrote:
> > You *can* run linux on a sparc, but you'll get better performance running
> > Solaris/SunOS on it.
> I disagree. I ran Linux (Debian, RedHat for awhile) on a Sparcstation 4
> that I have (forsale, btw) and it ran circles around Solaris on the same
> platform. I don't know how far this will scale up to the newer
> hardware, but from what I've seen, Linux will outdo Solaris on the older
> stuff from Sun (sun4m, some sun4u - sun4c too, if you're crazy enough to
> actually try and run anything on a sun4c-based machine). Right now I
> run OpenBSD on my sparc, and it works like a charm. The machine is a
> 110Mhz, yet its still pretty snappy.
> I think there are only a few Linux distros out there that support sparc
> hardware (even less that support 64-bit sparc hardware). Debian
> supports all of them. RedHat did support all of them, but they
> discontinued their sparc port with 6.2 due to lack of usage. I think
> Mandrake and Suse have ports too, but I cant be sure. And if you're
> really brave, Slackware does as well.
> Honestly I like OpenBSD on my sparc better than I did any of the Linux
> Hope this helps.
> Last time I checked, Linux just wasn't delivering
> > the same level of performance as Solaris when run on Sparc hardware. This
> > was, however, on a Sparcstation 10. Your mileage may vary on more recent
> > hardware.
> > -Matt Balaun
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