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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 associated."

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