[CCed to -sparc: Can SunRay boxes be made to work with FreeBSD?]

Chris Shenton wrote:
Andrew Boothman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

They are *really* thin clients that really only consist of a
monitor, mouse and keyboard and rely on their host server for
everything else. That's not an architecture that you're going to get
FreeBSD to run under I wouldn't think.
I suspect that if the SunRays do a PXE boot then they can be given
addresses by DHCP, boot files via TFTP, and filesystems via NFS --
just like any other diskless client.

There's the thing - I don't think that the Rays are capable of doing something like that.

If you look at http://wwws.sun.com/sunray/sunray150/features.html which is a list of features for the most 'advanced' SunRay that is available - you'll see that, "All computing is performed on the server". In other words, there is no local processor - nothing to run a local FreeBSD kernel (or anything else) on.

The rays depend entirely on their host server for all computation, I don't think they even have any local memory so they are not simply a diskless box in the usual sense - as they would normally have local CPU and memory.

However, like I said before if they can be made to understand a normal X session then perhaps they could just act as X-servers or something similar? Do a google for "sunray linux" and see what Linux-type people have done, although from https://listman.redhat.com/archives/k12osn/2003-April/msg00797.html it doesn't look too hopeful that anyone has it working yet...

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