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Sorry for the very newbie question but I was wondering if a Sun Blade 100 can run Red Hat Enterprise? I'd be perfectly willing wipe the entire hard drive and start from scratch but I know there is stuff like SPARC versus x86 and other stuff that I don't entirely understand. Thanks so much.

One extra question, if Enterprise doesn't work, what would you suggest I try and run on the Sun Blade 100 if the rest of my network will be running Enterprise? Thanks again.

We use Blade machines all over this campus, the indication I got from my buddy in tech is you can't put linux on a Blade 100 because there isn't a linux distro that will work with the SPARC configuration. Sorry buddy. As for what linux to use, someone else is going to have to pick that up.
you can get a distribution of linux to work its just a matter of which distribution is made to run on sun equipment...look around you will find one
I haven't personally done linux on Sun hardware ... but:

Go and in the By Architecture sorting method, choose sparc.

The choices are RedHat 6.2, Debian SID, Gentoo 2004.0, SuSE 7.3, FreeBSD 5.2.1, NetBSD 1.6.1

Gentoo has 2004.0 sparc64 distro ... I don't know how well it works.
Not supported by RedHat enterprise Linux ... here is a quote from thier site:
Support for seven architectures:
Intel X86, Intel Itanium, AMD AMD64 and IBM zSeries, iSeries, pSeries, and S/390
Thanks so much for the replies. I'll give the ones at a shot and see what happens. I'll let you know if anything works out well. Thanks again.


I was thinking of installing gentoo, I've heard it's a good one and it's a place to start. But I was wondering if gentoo has something like apt-get or up2date or yum. I've used yum in the past and been very pleased with it, but it seems to be more of a red hat / fedora thing. I've read online a little about portage and I think that might be somthing similar but I'm not sure. Is portage what I'm looking for? Also, can I use yum, if so that'd be great. Thanks so much.

Gentoo has the portage system. It serves the same purpose as yum and apt ... except it downloads the source and compiles it. It resolves dependancies and installs items.

The command used to install programs with portage is emerge.

To install mplayer, for instance, you would issue the command:

emerge mplayer

to get all updates, it would be:

emerge -uDd world

About once a day, you should do:

emerge sync
(this downloads the latest versions of the portage tree)

Here are a couple emerge/portage references:

I am afraid I don't know anything about installing Linux on SPARC ... but here is the FAQ from Gentoo:
Thank you so much!

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