Sparc64 doesn't care about you, and you shouldn't care about Sparc64

Michelle Sullivan michelle at
Wed Nov 11 14:22:51 UTC 2015

Alex McWhirter wrote:
> The difference between most of the discontinued architectures and SPARC is that Oracle is showing more and more interest in developing their SPARC platform.

Problem is they are killing it off with the business model.

> If you consider the arm port, when it comes to alternative operating systems it probably has even a smaller market share than sparc.

Isn't the Raspberry PI ARM? (mind you FreeBSD would have to try and
catch up to Linux for that one - though it (the platform) is popular.)

> I've sat in on my own fair share of Oracle meetings over the past few months, and they are doing everything in their power to push their customers on sparc and Solaris. 
They should consider what worked for Sun and what has killed their
market share off.

My experience has been in the past that Sun hardware had a massive
following on the secondhand market... Oracle pretty much killed it...
and along with it went the admins. I used to admin as part of teams
datacenters full of  Sun boxes, now I don't know where I can even find a
datacenter with a Sun/Oracle box in it - except mine... and all mine are
being depreciated.

FreeBSD has an opportunity to fill the void in the secondhand Oracle
(Sun) Hardware market if people want to take it.... but I seriously
don't see why anyone would buy new Oracle boxes and shove FreeBSD on
them - unless their admins already manage FreeBSD on older + Intel hardware.

Michelle Sullivan

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