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We have a server that runs on Solaris using the sparc CPU.

What we want to do is run linux on sparc.

Is there any distribution that will allow linux to run on a sparc CPU?

The reason is because we want to completely remove the Solaris O/S and install linux. Then install the JVM that runs on Linux using the sparc cpu.

I did look at CentOS, but I couldn't find a release that would run on sparc.

Many thanks for any suggestions,

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Which CPU/machine? –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 27 '11 at 9:25
    
Did you want to include BSD in your possibilities? It's not clear from your question. –  kojiro Mar 27 '11 at 14:15
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Debian. See http://www.debian.org/ports/sparc/ for information.

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I did check distrowatch. And the architecture is supported for Debian. So I might install ubuntu server LTS. However, about the Java Virtual Machine? Will that run under sparc? –  ant2009 Mar 27 '11 at 16:25
    
See packages.debian.org/squeeze/sparc/java –  Convict Mar 28 '11 at 9:58
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Gentoo: Some project information can be found here -> http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/base/sparc/index.xml

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