[CentOS-devel] CentOS-Sparc - New 'Fedora Secondary' Discovery

d b spooker321 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 01:56:19 UTC 2009


On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Worsham, Michael <
michael.worsham at morris.com> wrote:

> This report/issue is geared to those attempting to find a CentOS/RH for
> Sparc.
>

I have recently installed the Sparc Beta EL5 build. I have a pair of
Ultra80's to
play with here...Granted Im new to the Sparc side but so far its not too
much different
from x86 just minor differences/quirks with a few SRPMS .


>
> Currently, there is a slowdown to the development of CentOS for the
> Sparc platform. The current tftp64.img build for CentOS on Sparc does
> not have support for the low-cost Netra and Sunfire 1U servers, thus
> hinders any chance of this distro release being used for cheap hardware
> re-provisioning needs (i.e. basic web servers, database servers, etc).


I would like to contribute to this development of CentOS for Sparc.
I asked last week looking for SRPMS to the beta build at
http://sparc.centos.org/os/ . Ive had luck using the --changelog and finding
the changes off the corona aurora builds or the SPARC Fedora Builds.

Do you know what support is missing? Just curious.

Im guessing this is you
http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=3061
See below....



>
> Upon doing a bit of in-depth research, I did discover that Ubuntu did
> release a Sparc build under their v7.10 distro, which supports many
> older as well as new Sparc-based platforms including the low-cost Netra
> and Sunfire 1U servers. These special servers require the 'eri' driver
> commonly called the SunGEM driver.
>
>
Im wondering if there is some other issue.. I see the sungem is included in
EL5.
This is the default sparc64 kernel..

ls -la /lib/modules/2.6.18-53.c5sparc/kernel/drivers/net/sungem*
-rwxr--r-- 1 root root 48576 Mar 10  2008
/lib/modules/2.6.18-53.c5sparc/kernel/drivers/net/sungem.ko
-rwxr--r-- 1 root root 20888 Mar 10  2008
/lib/modules/2.6.18-53.c5sparc/kernel/drivers/net/sungem_phy.ko

And this is driver on the bootiso....

strings sungem.ko | egrep "sungem.c|vermagic"
drivers/net/sungem.c
vermagic=2.6.18-53.c5sparc SMP mod_unload gcc-4.1
sungem.c:v0.98 8/24/03 David S. Miller (davem at redhat.com)

David
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