Sun and Canonical have announced
that the upcoming Ubuntu release ("6.06 LTS" or "Dapper Drake") will include a version for Sun's SPARC "Niagara" architecture. "Through the OpenSPARC initiative (http://www.opensparc.net), Canonical
engineering and the Ubuntu community were given open access to the design
of the UltraSPARC T1 processor and quickly completed the porting process.
The release of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution on UltraSPARC T1
processor-based systems merely ten weeks after the open source release of
the chip design point validates the open hardware approach pioneered by SUN
with the UltraSPARC T1 processor, and demonstrates the Ubuntu community's
excitement at the benefits of Sun's SPARC processor-based CMT architecture
for next-generation Web, communications and transactional services.
" Note that it was David Miller who "quickly completed" much of the kernel porting process.
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