Tuesday Apr 11, 2006

The First SPARC OpenSolaris distro with Xorg

Only last week I had suggested that an interesting project for a community member would be to figure out what it would take to make Xorg run on OpenSolaris SPARC with a graphics device for which Xorg has drivers for other platforms, such as the PGX-series boards based on ATI Mach64 or the XVR-100 based on ATI Radeon 7000. I figured this would take a little while and a bit of work for someone to figure out. I guess I was wrong.

Martin Bochnig announced yesterday that not only had he done just that, he'd gone ahead and built a LiveCD distro using it - marTux. He's promised ISO's later this week and there's several people here waiting to see it now with high hopes.

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Thursday Feb 16, 2006

Xorg for Solaris SPARC?

I got two comments quickly after my last post, and have been asked a few other times lately, so I'll post the answer here as a new entry so it's more visible. The question is “So when will we have Xorg on Solaris SPARC?” The answer unfortunately is simply “I don't know.” The Sun Ray team are working on porting the Sun Ray drivers to Xorg and the SPARC graphics group are porting the XVR-2500 drivers to Xorg. Our group provides assistance as needed, but most of the work is in the hands of those groups, and I don't know their plans for release schedules yet (and it wouldn't be my place to announce for them even if I did). It's being worked on, but that's about all I know or can say right now.

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