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MartUX: OpenIndiana Reviving Sun SPARC Hardware

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Published on 28 September 2012 10:24 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Oracle
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MartUX is a new OpenIndiana/Illumos-based Solaris distribution for reviving SPARC hardware support.

MartUX_OpenIndiana is based upon OpenIndiana oi_151a, which was released for x86 hardware one year ago, but this LiveDVD distribution release is focusing upon SPARC hardware support. This is the first SPARC release of an OpenIndiana / Illumos distribution.

MartUX is targeting sun4u and sun4v with 64-bit Sun UltraSPARC I, II, III, IV, T1, and T2 processors. There's also support for Fujitsu SPARC64-V, SPARC64-VI, SPARC64-VII, and SPARC64-VII+ processors. GNOME 2.30.2 is shipping as the desktop. This release does also provide hardware accelerated graphics drivers with openXSun for the Sun XVR graphics processors plus Elite3D, Creator, and other select models.

For those with SPARC systems interested in more information on this OpenIndiana 151a distribution, visit this OpenIndiana.org Wiki page. This release isn't paired with any new OpenIndiana x86 release.

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