LinuxWorld.com.au: Linux on SPARC - how useful is it?
Oct 03, 2000, 07:46 (7 Talkback[s])
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"SuSE recently announced that it has ported its Linux
distribution SuSE Linux to the Sun SPARC architecture. The release
follows a long line of porting Linux to platforms beyond x86 by the
major distributions. SuSE is not the only one in the business of
Linux on SPARC -- Debian and Linux-Mandrake have run on SPARC for
some time now."
"The motivation for SuSE's port is clear enough: Linux has a
successful history of support for a diverse range of architectures.
But, SuSE's port raises different questions to IBM's porting of
Linux to the S/390 or a kernel hacker's attempt to get Linux onto
the SuperH chip. Namely, when the SPARC is already strongly
supported by its creator, Sun Microsystems, and there already
exists an operating system (Solaris) optimised for it which does
the job, where does Linux belong? Would someone choose SuSE
Linux over Sun Solaris on SPARC in a commercial environment?"
"Sun Microsystems has found a strong-hold in such industries as
banking, commerce and high-end dataserving. LinuxWorld.com.au spoke
to Ryk Jessiman, a systems engineer with extensive Unix experience
in mission-critical systems, such as those used in banking and
finance -- areas in which Sun Microsystems is strongly