[CentOS] Sparc?

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Wed Dec 30 00:24:48 UTC 2009

Peter A wrote:
> Jason,
> 5 will run solaris 10 with a few initial issues. You may have to install 8 or 
> 9 first and then do a firmware upgrade to get 10 to boot for installation. Also, 
> 512MB max will restrict you in what you can do. ZfS boot is possible but slow 
> and in general use, you want to reduce the size of zfs caches. 
> Finally, depending on the graphics card, you may not be able to get a 
> graphical login. But since you said your son wants to do cli f and knows all 
> the commands already, that wouldn't be such a big issue. 

indeed, since it has one slow IDE disk and 512MB max, I would likely 
just format it as one big UFS root, and a gig or two of swap/tmpfs ...   
I would not use ZFS on that machine.

If you do go the scsi controller route, and get two scsi disks, make one 

OH, and I just remembered.  the Ultra 10 uses the same memory board, but 
has a little more room in the chassis, and supports 4 x 256MB tall dimms 
of the right type, for 1GB.    you can get away with this in hte U5 by 
hacking a bit on the inside.    catch is, the low profile 256MB modules 
that fit the U5 are kinda expensive, 
http://www.memoryxsun.com/mx7039al.html (2 of these kits).  
oh, same vendor cheaper on ebay: 

these tall ones will require a bit of kit bashing to fit, 


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