Sparc vs i386 architecture

Michael Bernstein bernsteinm at
Sat Jan 7 13:58:05 PST 2006

Hi group, I was just wondering if there's an advantage to running FreeBSD on
a SPARC than compared with a regular PC. Obviously the architecture is
different (CISC vs RISC). How ever you can purchase a higher powered PC box
for less money than it would cost for a SPARC.

The main advantage I'm seeing here is for security. It's going to be harder
to break into a SPARC running FreeBSD than an Intel/Amd running FreeBSD b/c
most machine code exploits will be for the i386 type architecture.

Any insights are much appreciated.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Slade" <bsd at>
To: "jasonharback" <jasonharback at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 2:43 AM
Subject: Re: Sparc dual boot problems

> On Sat, 2006-01-07 at 03:47, jasonharback wrote:
> > Here's the situation
> >
> >
> >
> > The machine is a SUN ULTRA 5 and I have 4 IDE devices. I am new to SUN
hardware I know much more about PC's.  The first device primary master is
the cdrom which Solaris 10 and FreeBSD were successfully installed from.
Currently Solaris 10 which is the primary slave is the default boot device.
FreeBSD is installed on the primary slave drive.  I am used to the FreeBSD
install on a PC and during that install it gave time for configuring the
boot loader but I can't find it on the recent Sparc FreeBSD edition?  During
the partition process it says I will have the option to configure the boot
loader latter.  Right now I can't boot FreeBSD and I have no idea how to
configure this machine to make it dual boot?  I would like to have Solaris
10 as the primary O/S, FreeBSD as the secondary and Sparc Linux on the third
> >
> >
> >
> > Can you please help?
> >
> > Jason Harback
> Jason,
> You don't need to use a boot loader with the U5, just boot to the promt
> (Stop A). Then just type boot followed by the alias of the slice you
> want to boot.
> Rob
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