any chance of running FreeBSD on a Sun Ultra 1?

Jeremy Faulkner gldisater at
Wed Jan 21 07:49:18 PST 2004

Fernan Aguero wrote:
> Hi!
> I am a FreeBSD user, but my experience is limited to i386
> hardaware.
> 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 ...

IIRC, the on board network and scsi cards are not supported (don't have 
functional drivers yet).

> Any suggestions?
> Thanks in advance,
> Fernan
> 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?

Not at this time.

Jeremy Faulkner

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