Linux on SPARC ever to properly happen?

By Derek Sooman on February 8, 2006, 2:51 PM
Could we be seeing Linux on SPARC systems? Sun hopes so. The company is hoping to make the Linux and BSD Unix open-source operating systems a serious option for buyers of SPARC based systems. Some commentators are sceptical of the effort, though.

"The time for Linux on SPARC as any kind of major market phenomenon has come and gone--over five years ago now, maybe longer," Illuminata analyst Jonathan Eunice said. "It just serves to split the available development resources."
Some BSD variants can already run on SPARC processors, but these products are not commercially relevant for the majority of customers. Red Hat also dropped its SPARC support in 2000, and Novell Suse dropped theirs in 2002. Nevertheless, Sun remains determined.

"Linux on SPARC is dead serious," President Jonathan Schwartz said in an e-mail interview. "I'm personally talking to leaders in the community. BSD, too."




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nathanskywalker said:
[url]http://www.sun.com/[/url] One more move to linux. One more system switching to open source. One less system being bullied around by MS. One more move towards putting MS in their place.
Need_a_Dell said:
No offence to TechSpot, but this is quite possibly the MOST boring newstory I've ever seen on here. Who cares about SPARC systems? I don't even know what a SPARC system is! Well, whatever it is, I hope it does well so that one day I can find out what it's all about.
Race said:
Need_a_Dell.......a little info to get you going:SPARC (Scalable Performance Architecture) is a series of 32 bit CPU's originally developed by Sun Microsystems. The 64 bit version is called the UltraSPARC. Check it out: [url]http://www.sparc.org/[/url]
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by Need_a_Dell:[/b][quote]No offence to TechSpot, but this is quite possibly the MOST boring newstory I've ever seen on here. Who cares about SPARC systems? I don't even know what a SPARC system is! Well, whatever it is, I hope it does well so that one day I can find out what it's all about.[/quote]No offense meant, but you really would do well to look beyond PCs, 3D games and hardware mods. Computing is a rich universe, filled with all sorts of interesting things.
Nodsu said:
[b]Originally posted by Need_a_Dell:[/b][quote]Who cares about SPARC systems?[/quote]If you use any kind of financial services, the you should care.. Your bank most likely runs Sun gear. So does Wall Street. If you use any telecom services, then you should care. Telcos like Sun..If you have ever thought about science, then you should care.. Sun servers are popular in universities..
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