This is a new one for many Solaris admins, earth shattering in many ways. You can now run Linux on Sparc! From Oracle!
Yes, take a deep breath, I really used the words Linux, Sparc and Oracle in the same sentence!
First, a few point for the record, this is NOT Oracle Linux, but instead a reference build of Linux for Solaris. It’s usefulness for the Enterprise is very limited at the moment, as no applications are supported. But, I can’t imagine it will take Oracle’s chief penguin, Wim Coekaerts long to have a real Oracle Linux build up and running when he is ready to release it. So, take this as a sign of things to come.
I recently installed it on a Fujitsu M10-1 server into an LDOM.
And yes, this is REALLY a SPARC server!
There is not much you can do with this build, but gcc is installed, so it can not be long before we see some real applications out there. You might see a few RPMs here soon, so keep watching the blog.
If you want to do this yourself, you get get an ISO or OVA file from here; https://oss.oracle.com/linux-sparc/