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Old 09-21-2004, 01:30 AM   #1
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Smile Beginning of a long, arduous, Linux journey

I am about to embark on a long, arduous journey into the Linux world and hope to make some friends on this board to help me along my way when things get tough (which Iím sure will be a daily occurrence). As you may have noticed my moniker notes I am a Linux neophyte. I have used Linux a little in the past but I definitely have much to learn.

Iím excited because I just picked up some Sun Microsystems gear which consists of:

(2) SPARCclassic (lunchbox sized system)
(1) SPARCstation 2 (pizzabox system)
(2) SPARCstation IPX (another lunchbox system)
(1) 1.6 GB external hard drive in 811 case
(1) External CD-ROM drive in 411 case
(3) Sun Keyboards Model 5c
(1) Sun 3 button mouse
(4) Optical mouse pads (no mice)
(1) Sun monitor

I got all this for $20 (which I was very happy about, although Iím going to need some cables). I do work at a web company and will have some access to old PC hardware and this may come in handy when building a Linux box, but I wanted to get my hands dirty with some Sun hardware first. My primary goal here is to learn Linux and have some fun doing it. I was thinking maybe I could even create a cluster since I have a bunch of machines handy.

So, are you still with me? I suppose the first thing I should figure out is what distribution is best suited to support the above hardware. Any suggestions? Iíve heard good things about Debian but Iím not sure if that will work well with what Iíve got so far. My primary computer is a laptop and it would be ideal if I could access the Sun systems through it (have them running headless).

I would appreciate any hearing from anyone who could help me along my wayÖ

Old 09-21-2004, 04:34 AM   #2
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A google search pops up this thread:
and this one:

In addition, Linux From Scratch ( will, of course, run on anything.

You may also want to search Google for the Diskless-HOWTO and Network-Boot-HOWTO.
Old 10-05-2004, 12:41 AM   #3
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i just got splack linux running on a sparcstation lx, a few hours ago. it's kind of neat !

fairly easy, it is an unofficial slackware port to sparc. i installed it over serial console as i have no monitor for the sparc. the other thing i did was use a pc (the same one i used for a serial terminal) as a network file server for the installation files for the sparc.


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