Sparc - Gotchas

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This is a stub article for different things to be aware of when installing or using FreeBSD on Sparc hardware.


Servers only, thanks.

FreeBSD + Sparc = No GUI. See this link w/r/t 5.0; later versions of FreeBSD documentation do not mention it at all.

Sun keyboard and mouse? Throw them away!

Toss 'em because you can't use 'em. Serial console installation only, please. See Sparc_-_Terminal_Emulation

Booting can be problematic

The OpenBoot Firmware: learn it, love it.

Java is more of a pain

All the Java sources and installers etc etc -- they're iX86 only.

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