andrew at cream.org
Mon Dec 8 13:25:49 PST 2003
[CCed to -sparc: Can SunRay boxes be made to work with FreeBSD?]
Chris Shenton wrote:
> Andrew Boothman <andrew at cream.org> writes:
>>They are *really* thin clients that really only consist of a
>>monitor, mouse and keyboard and rely on their host server for
>>everything else. That's not an architecture that you're going to get
>>FreeBSD to run under I wouldn't think.
> I suspect that if the SunRays do a PXE boot then they can be given
> addresses by DHCP, boot files via TFTP, and filesystems via NFS --
> just like any other diskless client.
There's the thing - I don't think that the Rays are capable of doing
something like that.
If you look at http://wwws.sun.com/sunray/sunray150/features.html which
is a list of features for the most 'advanced' SunRay that is available -
you'll see that, "All computing is performed on the server". In other
words, there is no local processor - nothing to run a local FreeBSD
kernel (or anything else) on.
The rays depend entirely on their host server for all computation, I
don't think they even have any local memory so they are not simply a
diskless box in the usual sense - as they would normally have local CPU
However, like I said before if they can be made to understand a normal X
session then perhaps they could just act as X-servers or something
similar? Do a google for "sunray linux" and see what Linux-type people
have done, although from
doesn't look too hopeful that anyone has it working yet...
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