Subject: Re: looking for a spare ultra 2 (Re: spare sun sparc bits.)
To: Charlie Allom <>
From: Brett Lymn <>
List: regional-au
Date: 01/12/2004 00:16:28
On Sun, Jan 11, 2004 at 05:43:41PM +1100, Charlie Allom wrote:
> To get this back on topic - does anyone run NetBSD on dual 64 bit 
> machines? :) I'd be curious to hear of how stable/easy the platform is. 

since you didn't mention an arch... I have a dual amd64 (opteron
242).  Mostly it is fine but ACPI is broken for me and I do get an
occaisional kernel panic (something to do with locking which I really
should report to fvdl), oh, and 32-bit compat mode is broken. Apart
from that it is fine most things I use just compile and run without
problems.  If you want bleeding edge - get amd64 ;)

> Any opinions on OpenBSD or FreeBSD (even linux) support for this 
> architecture?

for opteron, OpenBSD are still struggling to get it running last I
saw, I don't know about Free (I imagine it runs).  Linux you have
limited choices, you can pay Suse for a copy (and maybe Red Hat but
only Enterprise edition) or you can try gentoo - I tried to get gentoo
running but I think I screwed up and munged the fs I was installing on
beyond repair (never been back to try again) - FWIW a "normal" SMP
i686 linux kernel runs fine.

Then again, you probably just meant sparc64... ah well :P

Brett Lymn