any chance of running FreeBSD on a Sun Ultra 1?

Fernan Aguero fernan at
Wed Jan 21 06:13:11 PST 2004


I am a FreeBSD user, but my experience is limited to i386

Recently, our lab received an old Ultra 1 from Sun. It is
currently running Solaris 8, but I'd like to investigate the
possibility of running FreeBSD (or perhaps some other OS).

It seems that the Ultra 1 is unsupported, but does that mean
that it will not boot/run FreeBSD? Or just that no work is
being done from the sparc@ project?

If it's possible to netboot it, I can set up some shared NFS
partitions on my i386 machine to hold what's necessary ...

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,


PS: BTW, is there such a thing as a 'Solaris binary
compatibility' as there is for Linux in i386? I mean, may I
be able to run Solaris sparc binaries on FreeBSD-sparc?

F e r n a n   A g u e r o

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