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LinuxWorld: A SPARC powerhouse

Jun 27, 2000, 02:20 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"Linux is taking over a wide range of hardware platforms but, aside from the Intel architecture platform, the first few were the SPARC and the Alpha. That's because those two platforms comprised most of the commercial server systems used by Internet companies at one time. Linux/SPARC now follows just a step behind the Linux/Intel distributions available from major Linux vendors. In this review, we look at the Rave Systems RT-AXi based on the single processor UltraSPARC AXi engine."

"Rave Systems has long been a Unix vendor, particularly in the area of Sun-compatible systems. The company has been in business for 12 years, long enough to see the ups and downs of the Unix market and the rise of the desktop PC to overtake the UNIX workstation. Not to be surpassed, Rave is keeping up with the times, and it now offers Linux on the same models available for Solaris."

"You may wonder why someone would run Linux on a SPARC rather than on an Intel-based machine that would have a larger selection of binary-compatible software. The simple answer is that many companies already have the hardware."

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