New sparc64 5.2-BETA ISO images available

Scott Long scottl at
Fri Dec 5 15:05:19 PST 2003

On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Doug White wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> > > Would these happen to support my ``red-dot'' ultra 1? If not, how can I
> > > help get support for it?
> >
> > The hardware list still says "no".  The most effective way to get
> > support added would be to sponsor a developer to do the work.  If
> > there are a group of people and/or companies who would like to run
> > FreeBSD on ultra 1 machines and can each kick in, this might not be so
> > bad.
> The big killer is still the missing scsi driver.  I don't think we'll see
> any progress on that until 5.2 is out the door.  In the meantime if you
> have a U1E then you can netboot it.
> --
> Doug White                    |  FreeBSD: The Power to Serve
> dwhite at          |

Yes, the U1e and U2 machines need the esp(4) driver from NetBSD.  I'm in
the middle of porting it right now, but it will still take some time.
Netbooting these machines works very well for me at the moment; a
netbooted U2 builds world faster than an Alpha XP1000 with a local disk.
You can also search out an SBus isp(4) card from ebay if you're inpatient.


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