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12. Choosing a distribution.

You are very lucky, it seems that you can pick the one you like. In order to help you with this task here are some links, that should help you to make an informed decision.

12.1 Aurora SPARC Linux

This distribution is based on the RedHat 7.3 SPARC distribution. The homepage is: It is on the rise. There exists 3 mailing lists. You can join them at

The latest version codenamed wombat can be downloaded on the ftp site.

12.2 Debian GNU/Linux.

Debian GNU/Linux runs on SPARC platform; you can find a lot of informations about this port at the webpage

You can join the mailing list by sending a mail to < > with subscribe as the subject.

12.3 Gentoo

This is a SPARC and SPARC64 distribution, more informations can be found in the Gentoo handbook at

12.4 PLD.

This distribution is based on the RedHat and is developed in Poland. They do have a SPARC 32 port. More information can be found at their homepage They also provide some mailing lists. More information can be found there:

12.5 RedHat Linux.

The latest RedHat Linux distribution for the SPARC architecture is the 6.2; you can download it at for example.

There exists a mailing list about Linux and RedHat on SPARC Processors, you can access it there:

12.6 Slackware

There exists a port for the SPARC architecture, more information is available at

12.7 SLXT

Actually, the SPARC-Linux Xterminal Package is not a distribution, it is a way to use a diskless SPARCStation as an X terminal. This is a a very convenient package. More information can be found at

12.8 Linux Terminal Server Project

The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is a convenient way to turn a SPARC or an Ultra SPARC workstation into a diskless workstation. The project's homepage is

Step by step instruction to setup a client on an Ultra SPARC can be found at the following website:

12.9 SplackLinux

It is meant to be Slackware Compatible for SPARC. Its homepage is

12.10 SuSE Linux.

The SuSE Linux 7.3 distribution is quite complete, you have 5 ISOs to download. You can grab it at the following URL:

In the subdirectories you will also find bonus software such as KDE libraries and programms.

There is a mirror site located in Germany: And, there are some extra files on the SuSE's server. You can join the mailing list by sending a blank mail to < > More information can be found at:

12.11 Vine Linux

This is a Japanese distribution and there exist a SPARC port. It is an rpm based distribution. From the documentation, it supports both SPARC 32 and SPARC 64. The documentation (in Japanese ;-) ) can be read online at

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