Sun x2100 Server Compatability

Ken Gunderson kgunders at
Wed Nov 23 20:06:59 GMT 2005

On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 13:01:10 -0500
Vivek Khera <vivek at> wrote:

> On Nov 17, 2005, at 6:19 PM, Daniel Rock wrote:
> > Nathan Vidican schrieb:
> >> Any known issues running FreeBSD/amd64 on a Sun x2100 server?  
> >> Single opteron box, dual GigE, 80GB S-ATA, 1GB Ram, specs as below:
> >
> > The X2100 is based on a Tyan Tomcat K8E (S2865) mainboard without  
> > PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. So you should look at success  
> > reports for this board.
> Any more info you found out about this?  I'm about to order one of  
> these to test unless I find out otherwise it doesn't work.
> My only concern is that one of the ethernets is bge and the other is  
> nve which is not known to be that stable, and I need both ports...  I  
> suspect it will be ok, though.  If push comes to shove I guess  
> installing an intel NIC card would not be out of the question.
> The rest of the hardware seems to be supported based on chipsets I  
> looked up from kernel boot messages from linux, openbsd, and netbsd  
> posted on the web.  curiously i never found a boot message from  
> anyone running freebsd...

I think these are priced in the low-mid $500 and include low profile cd-


The Sun unit looks very attractive though and I'd be very interested in
your feedback should you go that route (or even if you don't and go w/
Tyan).  Need to get something along these lines my self real soon

Best regards,

Ken Gunderson

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