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UltraLinux is the name given to the port of Linux to the SPARCTM family of processors most commonly found in SunTM workstations and clones. The port has been developed over the past few years and is currently very stable. It supports most workstations including the older 32bit SPARC processors and the newer 64bit UltraSPARC based workstations.

These web pages provide information on getting and using UltraLinux. You can use the links at the top of page to navigate the site.

If you want more information about the project see the About and Linux pages.

If you want to get UltraLinux the best way is to get one of the Distributions that support the SPARC architecture.

For support information see the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) list and the Mailing Lists info and archives page.

The Links page has a list of other web pages that might be of interest and finally the People page gives you a list of some of the people that are involved in the project. There is also a European and Australian Mirror of these pages.

 
2003/06/24 Article on upgrading a Debian/SPARC kernel

Adam Shamblin has written an article about upgrading the kernel on a Debian/Linux SPARC machine.

2003/05/23 The Mandrake SPARC port has been revived

There is work being done to revive the SPARC port for Mandrake linux. Information on the progress can be found here

2003/01/19 Aurora SPARC Project Build 1.0 is out

The Aurora SPARC Project has released build 1.0 (Ansel) This is the first stable build. Aurora is a project to port the current Red Hat packages to the SPARC and supports a graphical installer for some machines. Read the Announcement or get the build is from http://auroralinux.org/#download

2003/01/02 Sparc32/Linux kernel status page

Rob Radez has created a web page with the status of the various kernel version for 32bit SPARC machines. http://osinvestor.com/sparc/ has information for both the 2.4.x and the 2.5.x kernels.

2002/09/26 Aurora SPARC Project Build 0.4 is out

The Aurora SPARC Project has released build 0.4 Aurora is a project to port the current Red Hat packages to the SPARC and supports a graphical installer for some machines. Read the Announcement or get the build is from ftp://auroralinux.org/pub/aurora/build-0.4/

2002/07/19 Debian Releases Debian GNU/Linux 3.0

Debian released the newest version of their distribution, 3.0 a.k.a. woody. More information on this release can be found in the press release. The distribution can be ftp'd from: ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ and CD images are available from http://www.debian.org/CD/

2002/07/02 Aurora SPARC Project Build 0.3 is out

The Aurora SPARC Project has released build 0.3 Aurora is a project to port the current Red Hat packages to the SPARC. The build is available from ftp://auroralinux.org/pub/aurora/build-0.3/

2002/05/23 Gentoo Linux now has bootable SPARC ISO images

The Gentoo Linux project has now made available bootable ISO CDROM images for the SPARC. You can get them from: http://www.ibiblio.org/gentoo/releases/build/1.1a/

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