Linux on Sparc

blane@sunlinux:~$ uname -a && cat /proc/cpuinfo && cat /proc/meminfo
Linux sunlinux 2.6.20-15-sparc64 #2 Sun Apr 15 07:01:29 UTC 2007 sparc64 GNU/Linux
cpu : TI UltraSparc IIi (Sabre)
fpu : UltraSparc IIi integrated FPU

prom : OBP 3.31.0 2001/07/25 20:36
type : sun4u
ncpus probed : 1
ncpus active : 1
D$ parity tl1 : 0
I$ parity tl1 : 0
Cpu0Bogo : 880.36
Cpu0ClkTck : 000000001a39de00
MMU Type : Spitfire
MemTotal: 1034808 kB
MemFree: 739904 kB
Buffers: 13800 kB
Cached: 227184 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 209216 kB
Inactive: 61528 kB
SwapTotal: 425864 kB
SwapFree: 425864 kB
Dirty: 26832 kB
Writeback: 0 kB
AnonPages: 29792 kB
Mapped: 22872 kB
Slab: 20384 kB
SReclaimable: 10512 kB
SUnreclaim: 9872 kB
PageTables: 1192 kB
NFS_Unstable: 0 kB
Bounce: 0 kB
CommitLimit: 943264 kB
Committed_AS: 172776 kB
VmallocTotal: 4194304 kB
VmallocUsed: 168 kB
VmallocChunk: 4194136 kB
HugePages_Total: 0
HugePages_Free: 0
HugePages_Rsvd: 0
Hugepagesize: 4096 kB
blane@sunlinux:~$ cat /etc/*release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=7.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=feisty
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Ubuntu 7.04″

So far it’s running pretty well. I’ve installed a few packages and getting KDE right now so that I can run Xsessions via VNC. It seems to be running plenty fast for such a slow machine. I’m adjusting partition sizes, which is kind of nice on sparc hardware. I recommend getting Ubuntu 7.04 for sparc, as Gentoo 2007 didn’t want to unpack a simple bz2 file that’s on the cd. gah!

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