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    Question Sun Sparcstation & Linux

    Hi, I've come to know this site, because, the company where I work is now thinking about security measures. So, I've read a few posts on this foruns, and a few articles out there about security, and just installed red hat 7.2 at home to start learning something about this matter, wich I think it's a world of it own inside the world of computers.

    So, anyway, now i have a linux box at home, and was thinking to install it at work too, the problem is that we have a Sun Sparcstation 5, that's pulled in a corner and I was thinking to use it for linux. The problem is that besides i386 hardware i don't understand nothing, so I don't know what version of linux to install, do I need to install the Solaris software that came with the box (v 2.5.1), or can i install another distribution? I've searched Red Hat for SPARC releases but coudn't find anything. Can I install the Alpha release or that is for a different arquitecture?

    Sorry about some spelling errors... I'm Portuguese.

    Thanks to all for your help.
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    Ny, Com esta?
    You have Linux distro's for Sparc, I beleive SuSe has one.
    Or you can install OpenBSD on it.
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    Red hat stopped developing thier sparc version at 6.2 afaik, but you can still download the 6.2 sparc release - http://www.linuxiso.org/redhat.html
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    Thumbs up Re: SPARC's are nice :D

    For SPARC's check out SUSE (they are actively supporting SPARC arch.). Slackware has come out with a SPARC release if that distro interests you. A god place to get a look at the current Distro's is http://www.distrowatch.com , they keep very up to date on what each Distro is/is not doing, and would be a good place to check.

    btw, Alpha's and SPARC's are not the same, be sure and get a SPARC install if that it what you want to run it on.

    hope this helped.
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    Lightbulb Thanks

    Sure it helps, Thanks!

    Well, I dunno what distro is best for me (I'm a linux newbie), but I'll have a look, maybe you can give me a suggestion...

    Well, thanks again for your help...
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    I would say go for SuSe, altough Solaris is an option (if your company will pay).
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    Smile

    Well, I think i'll go for SuSe..

    Thanks to all for you help....

    You've been a great help... thx
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