[CentOS-devel] CentOS 5.x for Sparc?

Michael Worsham

michael at mwecomputers.com
Thu Aug 7 18:57:15 UTC 2008

Thanks for the site/URL. I downloaded the tftp64.img and was able to get 
my SunFire V120 (UltraSPARC-IIe) to see the image and load it via my 
CentOS 5 rarpd server.

However, I guess I am running into some sort of brick wall when it comes 
to CentOS loading the correct NIC driver to assign an IP address to the 
server. The V120's on-board network card is coming up as a eri0 and eri1 
(Sun RIO 10/100 Ethernet [eri]).

If there a way to configure the command line via LOM interface it so it 
loads the correct NIC driver, sets the ip, etc? I though about something 
like kickstart, but the tftp64.img doesn't come up to a CentOS Linux 
window -- just goes directly to where it starts loading drivers for the 
SCSI drives, then waiting for the language location.

-- Michael

Johnny Hughes wrote:
> Michael Worsham wrote:
>> Long ago, there was a CentOS build for Sparc under version 4.2 Beta. I
>> checked for the torrents for either the DVD and CD binary or source isos,
>> but no one is seeding that anymore as well. The old Sparc 4.2 beta 
>> repo was
>> found here: http://beta.centos.org/centos/4.2beta/isos/sparc/ ... but 
>> that
>> doesn't have enough information to even attempt a netinstall or a 
>> tftp/rarpd
>> boot/install.
>> Then just recently, I saw this CentOS announcement/post:
>> "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-5.2 
>> for the
>> i386 and x86_64 Architectures. [...] Further Arch support for PowerPC, 
>> IA64
>> and Sparc are planned and will be released soon. These arch's will follow
>> the existing pattern of release to Beta first, and then to Final."
>> Reference:
>> http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2008-June/014999.html
>> So, my question is... when is a Sparc beta release going to be 
>> available for
>> 5.x?
> There is a very alpha release here:
> http://sparc.centos.org/
> However, the code base and gcc/glibc (even for c5) is old and not so 
> stable for sparc.
> That is based on 5.1 code ... I will be trying to build for 5.2 soon
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