Newbie to FreeBSD on SPARC - questions about Sun hardware

Kaya Saman SamanKaya at
Tue Jan 12 18:20:06 UTC 2010

Many thanks for all the responses and the help and advice that you guys 
have given!!! :-)

This has been one really good ride in terms of learning about what can 
and can't be done with a server before purchasing it.

Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 08:33:00PM +0100, Joerg Wunsch wrote:
>> I've never run a sound driver on my Sparc hardware, so I can't tell
>> about multimedia capabilities.  I guess now that many of the older Sun
>> Blades have been retired from their first life, other people here
>> probably made experience with running those under FreeBSD.
> I've sound on blade 1500 FreeBSD 9.0-current all right.
Hi Anton isn't the current FreeBSD 8.0??


FreeBSD currently crashes on older models of V480 when attempting
to use an on-board NIC due to what appears to be a CPU bug which
needs to be worked around. It appears to work fine on later V480
equipped with version 7 Schizo bridges (that's just an indicator
and unlikely related to the problem) though, but FreeBSD 7.3 will
be the first release (besides the current stable branches) to work


Thank you Marius for that information! I will be installing the latest 
FreeBSD stable or current which is 8.0 (at least for x86) so I am not 
sure if that will work with both new and old systems or if what you are 
saying is that the earlier models of the V480 will not work with ANY 
Linux or BSD version??



with their changed firmware behavior.

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