Oracle Linux 6 for SPARC

Oracle Linux 6 for SPARC is now available for download from OTN and the released notes can be found here.

This version of Oracle Linux 6 uses UEK2 (there is no RHCK here of course as there is no corresponding release on SPARC) and this OS release can be installed on T4, T5 and T7 (M7,M5) but not yet on the S7 platform. OL6 for SPARC contains all the packages (binary and -devel) for DAX, ADI (SSM), an updated version of openssl with support of on-chip crypto features.

We also provide the SPARC LDOM Manager code (both source and binary). With LDOM manager installed you can run Oracle Linux as a control domain for both Linux and Solaris guests. You can of course also install Linux as s guest domain on top of Solaris. The kernel supports vswitch and vdiskserver etc. A native (linux only) installation is also supported.

Our yum repo will have the OL6/sparc channels later today. The repo also contains -devel packages and the toolchains for gcc etc ... BTW of course, gcc supports M7 (cpu) optimizations. We have optimized memcpy and tons of other stuff.

Lots of SPARC Linux kernel code is already in upstream Linux but a bunch of stuff is in progress of going in. The same goes for user space code. glib and gcc patches have for the most part been submitted upstream and committed, some are pending.

A newer ISO with UEK(4) is on its way (we have builds and are testing). This update will also support the S7 systems/chip.

OL6 for SPARC doesn't yet contain -all- the RPMs that are part of Oracle Linux on x86. Right now, it is just a subset however we will be expanding it over time.

I will blog about some Dax and ADI/SSM samples in a few days :) some ldom control domain tips etc...

have fun

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