reintro and pkgng aghastness

zenxyzzy zenxyzzy at
Tue Feb 3 04:42:41 UTC 2015

There's another option that maybe you shouldn't ignore.

OpenSxce.  it's illumos plus a lot of hackery minus a lot of stupidity for
Sparc.  I run it happily on my Sun Blade 1000.  modern ZFS and everything.
XVR-1000 support.  root on SSD.  fan control support - this clinched it for
me.  neither linux or freebsd can turn the freaking fan off or down.

plus source.

plus, runs solaris 11 binaries from that "O"ther company.

get it from


On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:57 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>

> Hi,
>   I'd been away from FreeBSD for fifteen years, but I'm back and I'm
> pleased to announce that I'm using a computer that's from around the time I
> left FreeBSD :)  It's a nice little Sun Ultra 5.  Bone stock; doesn't even
> look like the case has ever been open. I recently had to stop using Solaris
> because they're became evil and Illumos because they're kind of not
> supporting this hardware anymore.  I tried OpenBSD, but its applications
> just crashed.  So here I pragmatically am.
>   I like FreeBSD.  I didn't leave out of disgust or anything; mostly just
> employment being all-Sun years ago.  So it's cool revisiting it and seeing
> all the changes and all the stayed-the-sames.
>   I'm pretty exited about the new FreeBSD pkgng system.  I had the extreme
> pleasure of using it whilst installing my SPARC last night (which,
> unfortunately, took from mid evening until around 4:30 in the morning. (I
> didn't have any cds or floppies at my disposal, so I instead built the
> network / diskless system installl on a virtualbox vm on my Mac and
> installed FreeBSD to the SPARC from there).  Good old rarp/boopt/tftp/nfs!
> Reminded me of Sun Jumpstart!  I was really pleased that this way of doing
> things still works on FreeBSD  Truly a slick and smart design.
>   But is it true that I can't actually use pkgng on my real computer
> because It's not a PC?
>   I've been looking around the Internet for some hours, now, to no avail.
> Are there seriously *no* package repos for SPARC?
>   If that's the case, I'd like to help remedy it.  I've read around on how
> to contribute, but it seems none of what's out there pertains to pkgng for
> sparc.
>   Please let me know if I'm understanding the situation right and how I can
> help, if help is wanted.  I have a lot of SPARCs and they need a
> trustworthy operating system with software package system that doesn't have
> to be manually-wrought.
> "Oh, wow, it just finished its five-plus-hour ports build of freaking
> tmux!"
> jake
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