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What Operating System can be run on a Sun Ultra 60 workstation?

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I am looking to see if there is other OS's that will work.  I know Solaris 2.5.1 will but are there other options?
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UNIX
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ultralinux
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also Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Microsoft Windows
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I'd go with ubuntu...

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Ubuntu is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu release supports PC (Intel x86), 64-bit PC (AMD64), Sun UltraSPARC and T1 (Sun Fire T1000 and T2000), PowerPC (Apple iBook, Powerbook, G4 and G5) and OpenPower (Power5) architectures.

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Which version of Red Hat Enterprize?  Is it the same one as that on the x86 architecture disk?
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS not sure of what disk
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Windows can only run on it if you have the SunPCi PC co-processor.  That has a 450Mhz AMD CPU and its own memory.  Even then technically it is not running on the workstation, but the SunPCi card is really a SB computer system.

RH, along with every other distribution of Linux, is basically the same code no matter what hardware archicture.

RH on Intel x86 is the same as RH on Sparc, PowerPC, and even zSeries from IBM.  Now, not applications have RPM's for some of these CPU architectures so you may have to compile from source.
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What's wrong with solaris?
Why don't u want to use that?
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Metropoliten:  I don't want have to pay through the nose for an OS.  This would be for personal learning not company sponsored.  So I need to keep my costs to a minimum.
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I will leave this open for a few more days.  I have yet to try a linux install but will get to it soon.

Any thoughts on other linux distributions that work well on this platform?  

Have any of you actually run it on the Sun Ultra 60?
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Just waiting now to actually setup the system and give a few a try.  
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