XFree86 on Ultra 5?

Daniel Bye dan at slightlystrange.org
Tue May 20 08:54:32 PDT 2003

On Tue, May 20, 2003 at 11:23:54AM +0200, Oliver Fromme wrote:
> Hi,
> Does XFree86 run with FreeBSD on an Ultra 5?

No - see this page:


Particularly section 3.5, unsupported hardware.  So far, only a serial
console will work, so it's not yet ready to act as a workstation.  You *may*
be able to get it running as an X server, but you will need to run the
display on another machine.  A friend of mine tried this a couple of months
ago with -CURRENT, but never got it working properly - whether because it
can't be done, or because he didn't try hard enough, I couldn't say. ;-)


> I have this Ultra 5 on my desktop and need to decide whether
> to install Solaris 9 or FreeBSD.  I'd rather prefer FreeBSD,
> because (a) the box has only 128 Mbyte of RAM, and (b) I prefer
> FreeBSD anyway.  :-)
> However, X11 is a must, because it will be primarily used as
> an X terminal (only few local programs will be run).
> I've searched the archive, but haven't found any information
> whether XFree86 runs with FreeBSD/sparc64 on an Ultra 5 ...
> Thanks in advance!
> Regards
>    Oliver
> PS:  No need to Cc me.  I read the list.
> -- 
> Oliver Fromme, secnetix GmbH & Co KG, Oettingenstr. 2, 80538 München
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