[TriLUG] SPARC serial console and minicom
chrish at trilug.org
Mon Apr 19 12:23:56 EDT 2004
On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, Kevin Flanagan wrote:
> I've been working on a gentoo installation on a SUN Ultra1 that I have
> at home. Serial cable console is the only way I can go, not having an
> appropiate set of KVM parts.
Nothing wrong with that; I've got over a dozen sparcs at home easily,
including your Ultra 1's brothers that came from the same lot. Not one of
them has a keyboard/monitor/mouse attached (not for lack of hardware, but
because it's not needed). Once the OS is installed, there isn't much need
for a head on it anyway.
> I have Minicom working just fine, except
> for one thing. In many places through the installation you really need
> a full screen with proper editing, not just line mode, as well as some
> of the menus don't really work right. Does anyone know how to set the
> TTY so it'll work right? Am I missing something really basic?
While I agree that, at times, the installer can look ugly on a serial
console, with most distros I've been able to get around well enough. Is
this just a Gentoo thing? I've never installed Gentoo on a sparc.
> Alternately, does anyone know off hand the release schedules for any
> SPARC distros that are pending? I hear that Aurora is due, as well as
> possibly Fedora Core for SPARC.
I think that you're probably talking about the same distro with two names;
the direction of Aurora seems to be merging with Fedora Core. Spot has
been very quiet lately about progress, which I hope means he's busy with
progress on it rather than disinterested.
OpenBSD of course runs *great* on sparcs. It's worth a look as well.
I've installed Debian on sparcs a few times and just didn't see the point.
I don't know if it is just a debian on sparc thing or if debian in general
is supposed to be such a pain in the butt to install and use.
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