SUMMARY: 4.4 BSD for Suns

From: Matthew Donaldson (
Date: Sat Jan 21 1995 - 03:11:29 CST

Hi again people. Thanks as always for quick and useful responses. I asked:

> I'm looking into running 4.4BSD on some of our suns, possibly as an
> alternative to moving to Solaris. I remember hearing some time ago that
> there was a version which had been ported to Suns, but on looking around
> haven't found much.
> Does anyone know where such a thing can be found, or have any info about it?
> Or better, is anyone running it?

Winning entries were from Mr T Crummey (DIJ) <>, who
gave me instructions on how to get it going and where the home site for
the distribution was, and John Valdes <> who
gave me a list of sites where it could be obtained. I won't post these
as they are longish. If anyone wants them let me know, and I'll send them

In brief, NetBSD (which is the AT&T unencumbered version of 4.4BSD) is
available in binary form for Sparc on the following machines: SS 1, 1+, 2, IPC,
IPX, SLC, and ELC - the sun4c machines. It is not currently running on 4m
machines or server type machines. Binaries are available from, and many other places.

I also found out from "James W. Adams" <>
that there are a number of mailing lists for people interested in NetBSD.
To susbscribe, send mail to majordomo@NetBSD.ORG, using standard Majordomo
commands. To find out about the commands, send mail with "help" in the body.
Relevant lists available are:

  current Announcements regarding NetBSD-current
  current-users General discussion regarding NetBSD-current
  netbsd-bugs Bug reports
  netbsd-help Questions and answers
  netbsd-users General discussion
  port-sparc Technical discussion regarding NetBSD/sparc
  port-sun3 Technical discussion regarding NetBSD/sun3
  portable-ppp Technical discussion regarding user-space PPP
  source-changes Source tree changes
  tech-install Technical discussion regarding installation tools
  tech-kern Technical discussion regarding all aspects of the kernel
  tech-misc Technical discussion not appropriate for the other tech-*
  tech-net Technical discussion regarding networking software
  tech-ports Technical discussion regarding all ports
  tech-userlevel Technical discussion regarding user-level programs

Thanks to the following people for replying: (Kevin Sheehan {Consulting Poster Child})
Dan Stromberg - OAC-CSG <>
Dave Fetrow <>
Mr T Crummey (DIJ) <>
Mike Blandford <>
Brian Reynolds <>
Gary Blumenstein <>
John Valdes <> (William Rhea)
Tom Orban <> (Donald McLachlan) (Brett Lymn)


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