FreeBsd on my Ultra Sparc 5

Brian A. Seklecki lavalamp at
Thu May 25 05:26:30 PDT 2006

On Thu, 25 May 2006, Andrea Modesto Rossi wrote:

> Hello World :-) !
> Can i install FreeBSD 6.0 on my Workstatio Sparc ULTRA5 360Mhz ???

I think the list you want is  freebsd-sparc64 at  There is no 
"sparc" port.  The U5 is sparc64-* hardware.

FreeBSD runs very well on the Ultra5, but not in the function the U5 was 
intended for by Sun (workstation).  There is no VGA console/X11 support to 
my knowledge.

Performance is as to be expected for a 360mhz RISC chip.

I recommend replacing the original IDE disks with a 7200 RPM drive and an 
ATA100 capable cable to get additional speed.  I think the controller is 
limited to UDMA3 or UDMA2, but even still its better than the OEM drive.


> What do you think about the performance of  FreeBSD/Sparc Ultra 5?
> Thanks !
> a.m.rossi
> University of Pavia
> Italia
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