Building a Sparc Linux Distribution
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Monday, July 24th, 2006: As per Dennis's suggestion, here's a link to the Aurora RPM key (and Aurora Extras RPM key).
Friday, April 14th, 2006: Build 2.0 has been released! This is the final build of our FC-3 based tree. For the details, look here.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005: Beta 2 of Build 2.0 has been released, with ISO images! This is an FC-3 based build with a recent 2.6 kernel.
Saturday, November 20th, 2004: Build 1.92 (Tangerine) has been released, but there are no ISO images. To install it, install 1.0, then follow the instructions here (and mirrored here). Thanks go out to Adam Kropelin for the excellent HOWTO.
Thursday, August 7th, 2003: Please note that our mailing lists have moved. They can now be found at http://lists.auroralinux.org. Many thank-yous to TriLUG for providing the hosting.
Thursday, February 6th, 2003: Bug hunting season opened! The Aurora SPARC Linux Project is happy to announce the Aurora bugzilla server. We would like to encourage anyone to file bugs found in the Aurora distribution, this web site, the bugzilla server itself or trouble with the download sites. Please do file known but unresolved bugs, no matter if they have been discussed on the mailing lists already.
Sunday, January 19th, 2003: The Aurora SPARC Linux Project is proud to announce Build 1.0 (Ansel) to the world. This build is faster, less buggy, and has 25% more MSG. For all the information you can stand, look at this.
Friday, December 20th, 2002: The Aurora SPARC Linux Project has released a couple of security advisories on and updates to crucial packages like glibc and apache. For details please refer to the security announcements sent to the Aurora Security mailing list. The (old) archives can be found here: Aurora-sparc-security mailing list archive.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2002: Aurora has a new mailing list for security announcements and discussions: Aurora-sparc-security.
Monday, October 21st, 2002: Errata page put up for all your package updating pleasure.
Thursday, September 26th, 2002: The Aurora SPARC Linux Project to announce Build 0.4 (Titanium) to the world. This time, it comes with a healthy serving of fully functional tftp, and a nice new 2.4.19 kernel for dessert. On top of that, we even succeeded in making it do a GUI install on a Sun Blade 100. For all the details, look here.
Saturday, August 31st, 2002: The Aurora SPARC Linux Project is proud to announce Build 0.32 (Nashville) to the world. Finally, Aurora has a working installer for sparc32 (sun4d/sun4m) as well as sparc64 (sun4u). Lots of bugs have been fixed from the 0.31 installer, and one set of isos will allow you to boot and install both sparc32 and sparc64. For all the details, look here.
Friday, August 9th, 2002: The Aurora SPARC Linux Project is proud to announce Build 0.31 (Phoenix Rising) to the world. For the first time, Aurora has a working installer! Well, mostly working anyways. This build is mostly 0.3, with some minor bugfixes and sparc64 isos. For all the details, look here.
Sunday, August 4th, 2002: Come see Aurora at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2002! We'll be showing off Aurora SPARC Linux in Booth #19, in the .ORG Pavilion. Not to mention free bumper stickers. Mmm. Free bumper stickers. You know you want them. ;) Also, the website has had a little bit of touchup work done, thanks to Ed Halley. (He's also responsible for all the new artwork in the upcoming installer & sparc64 ISO build.)
Monday July 1st, 2002: The Aurora SPARC Project is proud to announce Build 0.3 (Phoenix) to the world. With the exception of Anaconda, Phoenix is a complete 7.3 based tree, including KDE3, Gnome 1.4, XFree86 4.2.0, a 2.4.18 kernel, and both gcc 2.96 & 3.1 compilers.
Downloads are available:
Wanna be a mirror? Found a bug in the tree? Something missing/corrupt? Email me:
Tuesday April 30th, 2002: More Build 0.3 eyecandy, this time its a screenshot of KDE3 running with kword and konqueror. Seems a little slower on the Ultra 10 than Gnome, but hey.
Friday April 26th, 2002: Build 0.3 creeps ever closer, but here's a screenshot of Gnome 1.4 (XFree86 4.2.0) running with sound (xmms) and Mozilla (galeon) to help make the wait more bearable.
Tuesday February 26th, 2002: Daily Aurora changelogs and notes will be at my advokitty page: http://www.advogato.net/person/spot/
Tuesday December 4th, 2001: Build 0.2 announced. Almost all packages are built at this point. The kernel doesn't boot, and is just present for headers, so install the 2.4 headers and use the 2.2 kernel from the RHL 6.2 tree. The only packages missing are anaconda and the kernel. Oh yes, Xconfigurator is still broken.
Monday November 5th, 2001: Build 0.1 announced. Not for the faint of heart, none of the sparc64 stuffs are there, some packages have eccentricities, but they mostly work. Xconfigurator definitely doesn't.
Bugzilla server to check for known bugs or to enter new ones. We also use the Bugzilla server to track any issues with this web site, functional issues with the Bugzilla server (assuming it isn't down!), as well as any problems related to our download mirror sites.