Re: Has anyone attempted a recent kernel build on Sparc or Power ?
From: Dennis Clarke (dclarke_at_blastwave.org)
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2004 00:58:05 -0400
> I've just built 2.6.7 (using stable's gcc-3.0 and a quick symlink of
> /usr/local/bin/sparc64-linux-gcc to /usr/bin/gcc-3.0). I haven't tried
> booting from it yet, though, as that involves reattaching a serial
> terminal (etc.)
Ah well, that would be the critical step to take next.
Until then I find the process educational but hypothetical as I am able to
create the new kernal image it is the booting and loading of modules that
makes it all worthwhile. I found the process to be fairly straight
forward with Red Hat 9 on x86 but the Sparc architecture is proving to be
more of a challenge.
Let me know how the boot proceeds as I would love to stay in touch on
this. Have you tried larger Sparc machines such as E4500 with greater
than 8 processors? I am very curious to see how a recent Linux kernel
compares with thread handling on a server with 8 or 12 processors. I
fully expect Solaris to be vastly superior in this regard but the creation
of benchmarks may be a challenge.