reintro and pkgng aghastness

zenxyzzy zenxyzzy at
Tue Feb 3 05:12:21 UTC 2015

I've had luck putting a sata to scsi adaptor on a DVD.  should be able to
boot that.  also, there's plenty of IDE dvd's around.  you'd have to open
the ultra 5 up, though :->


On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>

> Was just about to do that - I have it running on my T1000.  But Martin's
> open source politics scared me a little a few months ago - he pulled
> everything OpenSXCE-related from the Internet and there was no recourse for
> the OpenSXCE user community.  Maybe it's worth another go now that that
> appears to be sorted out.  Unfortunately there's no way for me to load the
> 2014 bits on my Ultra5 as it's a dvd-only release :\
> thx
> jake
> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 11:41 PM, zenxyzzy <zenxyzzy at> wrote:
>> 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
>> --curt
>> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:57 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>
>> wrote:
>>> 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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