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5. 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.

5.1 Caldera Open Linux.

The 2.2 release of OpenLinux for SPARC platform can be downloaded at

You can join the mailing list by sending a mail to with subscribe sparclinux in the body.

5.2 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.

5.3 Linux Mandrake.

Mandrake corporate server for SPARC can be downloaded at

It consists of two ISOs, the core distribution is the *inst.iso one and the other one, *ext.iso, is the extension CD.

5.4 RedHat Linux.

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

The mailing list can be joined by sending a mail at

with subscribe as the subject.

At the time of this writting RedHat has announced its intention not to support anymore SPARC Linux in the future.

5.5 Slackware Linux.

This distribution is unsupported at the time of this writting, and is not available as ISO. You can download it at

5.6 SuSe Linux.

The SuSe Linux 7.0 distribution is quite complete, you have 4 ISOs to download. You can grab it at the following URL:

You can join the mailing list by sending a blank mail to

5.7 TurboLinux.

TurboLinux Workstation 6.1 for intel ships with a SPARC developper release CD.

To install Linux on a SPARC based computer, should be strightforward if you follow the informations provided by your distribution.

To boot from a floppy drive you have to have an install image on a floppy disk and to issue the boot floppy from the OpenBoot.

If your workstation does not have a CDROM or a floppy drive, you can always try to perform a network installation using NFS as explained by this French document: . Basicaly, you have to set up an NFS server and to boot your workstation using the boot net vmlinux nfsroot= in order to access the image that is exported by the workstation on the /tmp directory.

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