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Red Hat Linux for SPARC and UltraSPARC

We've been doing too much for the commodity computer user recently. This time the bootable CD is for SPARC, made from the Red Hat copies at the Imperial College Sunsite Archive.

The CD should be bootable in both 32- and 64-bit modes. I've only been able to test the 32-bit kernel at home, so as they say "Your Mileage May Vary". Rather than just simply give you the base release I've also rsync 'd in the updates tree, These packages are under the /updates directory, and I have not replaced the 6.0 packages, so you have to seek these out after everything else is installed.

A caveat: You will be asked by the install script if you want to enable md5 psswords. Sulogin does not seem to cope with this, or maybe with shadow files... whichever "cave." The other gottcha I've found is the meta-disk initialisation in /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit calls for programs which are not there, so some fairly obvious editing is in order before you try to set up any sort of RAID.

Red Hat are doing lots of good things for the PC community by paying for development of many useful drivers. Their official CD has packages which they have licenced, so if you are doing extensive work, or need support, I encourage you to support their efforts by buying the official disks.

In the meantime, Enjoy

Andrew Macpherson


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