Choosing a Linux Distribution for Sparc Ultra45 Platform
I know that this topic has been visited here in the past but all of the threads I found either had no response or were not listed as solved. The best chance I had at an answer was a thread dated 2004.
I am looking for the best distribution to run on specific hardware. I prefer PCLinuxOS to all other distributions, and I prefer KDE 3.x to even KDE 4. I would like to be able to support CDE, Gnome, and XFCE at a minimum.
That being said, here's my issue:
I work on a Sun box with Solaris 10 that I am required to run integration testing, but not allowed to modify in any way. We have other systems, some Windows and some Linux that we must also integrate into our environment, but wouldn't you know that we don't have the hardware available just yet?
I spoke with the other engineers and we decided that we want to run Linux and virtualize our other machines on that one box. In addition, we want to be able to log into these sessions on our other machines on that network.
The hardware I have to work with is a Sparc Ultra45 with 2 x 250GB SCSI HDDs. I will have to install on disk 1 and leave disk 0 untouched until the Linux host is fully operational.
Then we need to clone disk 0 and import the image to disk 1 as a virtual environment.
I downloaded OpenSolaris 2009.6 AI for Sparc several times and burned it to several different media, but each time we tried to boot from cdrom, we failed.
The first error is that the machine ALWAYS tried to boot into the network, even when we tried Stop + A and had the network cable disconnected.
We tried to boot from USB, but that also failed. Unless I tried to boot from the actual USB hub or device, the boot command returned a net boot error.
I'm totally used to x86 and x86-64 type systems and I'm at a complete loss with this system.