August 12, 2010

Aurora SPARC Linux

Sun UltraSPARC II Microprocessor
Aurora SPARC Linux is an operating system, based on Fedora Core, for SPARC-based computers. Aurora was originally created after Red Hat dropped support for the SPARC architecture after Red Hat Linux 6.2.

The name derives from the internal Sun codename for the SPARCStation 5 chassis.

Since Aurora is derived from Fedora, and most of its developers are located in the US, it only maintains packages legally distributable in the United States.


  • Aurora contains special utilities that are specific to the SPARC hardware line, such as audioctl, lssbus, silo.

  • While SPARC has supported 64-bit processing since the ULTRA series, the SPARC distribution uses a 32-bit kernel.

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