David S. Miller (
Tue, 2 Apr 1996 00:39:36 -0500

Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 23:17:24 -0600 (CST)
From: "Jonathan A. Davis" <>


Finally! A *real* SMP OS for Sparc CPUS. :-)

;-) Many people got confused because I posted that on April 1st

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No worries, it was the real McCoy, I have it working.

Actually, I do have a Sparc platform question. We have Linux running on a
lot of machines ranging from i3/4/5/686 CPUS to ALPHAS. The question: Is
RedHat/whoever looking at creating a distribution for Sparc platform? If
so, is there a "target date"? I'm enclosing that in quotes as I've
watched a lot of *my* target dates get filled full of holes :-) so I'm not
expecting a definitive answer, just a "by the feel of it" estimate if
anyone has one.

Yes RedHat is working on a distribution. I've asked the people
working on userland for the Sparc to give you some info on how things
are going as far as that goes. Personally I have no clue ;)

At that point, I will be looking at putting it to real use on several
Sparcs that are currently (not)running Solaris 2.x. The one's we have
SunOS licensed for, I can argue into doing what I need done. But
<OPINION> Solaris 2.x has been nothing but a royal pain in the neck for
us. </OPINION>

This is great! Keep me informed, the other SparcLinux hackers and I
will help you make it as smooth and worry free as possible.

(And as a side note, SparcLinux very soon will be the first *real*
parallel OS for Sparc based parallel computers... nyah nyah nyah!)

David S. Miller