[CentOS-devel] CentOS on SPARC
lowen at pari.edu
Sat Jul 30 15:38:54 UTC 2005
On Saturday 30 July 2005 06:37, Johnny Hughes wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-07-29 at 21:15 -0400, Adam Breaux wrote:
> > Is this in the works, planned, or never going to happen?
> It depends on access to reliable hardware long term.
> I am working on obtaining some sparc machines. What the technical
> issues will be if and when I get the machines, we will have to see then.
Do you need physical access, or is remote serial a possibility?
See http://www.lamarowen.net/pgallery/album?album_id=2236 for a look at what I
have here at PARI. I'm running our production mailserver on Aurora 1.92
right now, and a have a small buildfarm (of admittedly lower grade boxes;
Ultra 30's at 250MHz aren't terribly fast).
I personally have a pair of Ultra 10's (both 360MHz, one has 512MB RAM the
other has either 256MB or 384MB, don't remember). The one that has 512MB is
using the quad-sided DIMM's, meaning only two of the four slots are used, and
meaning you can add another 256MB (or another pair of the quad-sided DIMM's,
if you have them) to bring it above 512MB. The Ultra 10 can take up to a
120GB IDE drive natively, and up through 300GB with an add-on ATA133 card.
Also have a pair of Ultra 1's, and I think two Ultra 5 chassis (good spare
motherboards for the U10's, since the 5 and the 10 use the same
motherboards). None of the 10's or 5's have hard drives in them; they use
standard IDE drives, both hard drives and CD-ROM drives. One of the U1's is
diskless, and the other has a pair of drives, not sure of capacity. I also
have some spare CPU modules of various speeds, I think 333MHz and 270MHz are
my spares. With the U10's are either one or a pair of Elite3D framebuffers;
need a 13W3 adapter to make a stock SVGA monitor work with them. Yes, a U10
can have dual framebuffers (the UPA Elite3D or Creator series UPA, and the
PCI ATI Rage), and it should work for the most part.
Oh, a 'quad-sided' DIMM, for those who have never seen them, is a two-sided
DIMM card where each side has two layers of half-thickness chips; they look
pretty odd. I paid over $200 for the pair to get 512MB on the first Ultra 5
I had; I was given the U5, but it didn't have any RAM (or drives at all)
with it, and I built it up and installed Aurora 0.32 on it a few years back.
Those machines are available for CentOS use if you want to pay shipping. The
Ultra 10 has an ATI framebuffer with a standard 15 pin SVGA output, so you
don't need a special monitor. You do need a Sun keyboard, but I have a few
of those too. If you have hardware you want to trade for them, or want to
count them as a donation, or whatnot, we can work something out.
Having my mailserver running CentOS would be very nice; using the donated
SPARC hardware in this way is nice, too.
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Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
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