Solaris 2.x on a Pentium?

Casper H.S. Dik - Network Security Engineer Casper.Dik at Holland.Sun.COM
Tue Apr 15 04:00:34 EST 1997

Albert Gold <bgold at ktb.net> writes:

>I know that SUN apparently makes an OS which clearly will run
>upon Pentium machines, called X86, but that system is
>NOT Solaris.

It *is* Solaris; and it is source code (not binary) compatible with
the Solaris version for Sun's own hardware.

>I know from taking these newsgroups seriously that SunOS was originally
>based upon BSD, but apparently 'Solaris' departed from this initiative
>and moved to incorporate several DEC Fortran extensions, which GCG
>relies upon.  Solaris 2.3 and 2.4 are supportable GCG Operating Systems.

SunOS [1234].x where based on various versions of BSD Unix, with many
Sun and other enhancements.  Later SunOS 4.x and System V release 3
were merged and SystemV release 4 was born which was then adapted again
to become Solaris 2.x/SunOS 5.x.

The OS itself doesn't support DEC fortran extensions, the Sun Fortran
compiler does.

>Has anybody tried running Solaris on a Pentium machine?  Does it work?

Yes, it does work, but if the code is shipped in binary form only, you
need an x86 binary.

Expressed in this posting are my opinions.  They are in no way related
to opinions held by my employer, Sun Microsystems.
Statements on Sun products included here are not gospel and may
be fiction rather than truth.

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