reintro and pkgng aghastness

Jacob Ritorto jacob.ritorto at
Tue Feb 3 23:24:23 UTC 2015

really, you found a way to get to 1G?  I thought only 512 was possible even
with the weird tall sticks?

On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM, zenxyzzy <zenxyzzy at> wrote:

> I've also had luck putting the tall memory modules in an ultra 5, bumping
> it to 1G ram.  this did take me removing the (quite useless) floppy drive.
> later, I got some X7039A's, which are low-profile versions.  then I got
> room to put another 3.5 inch drive in.
> --curt
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>
> wrote:
>> hmm, got the 2013 version on CD.  It made it pretty far along but crashed
>> and burned whilst loading the miniroot, or whatever they call it, to
>> ramdisk.  Memory's just too darn small.
>> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 12:11 AM, zenxyzzy <zenxyzzy at> wrote:
>>> 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 :->
>>> --curt
>>> On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM, Jacob Ritorto <jacob.ritorto at>
>>> wrote:
>>>> 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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