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Ubuntu Linux now boots on Sun's Niagara

After a weekend's debugging work, David Miller now has booted Ubuntu Linux on Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc T1 "Niagara"-based server.

The Red Hat programmer's earlier Linux version suffered from a serious error called a kernel panic in the first Linux-Niagara boot attempt. But he hammered out the bugs, Miller said Tuesday in his blog.

"Just to quiet any notion that the thing isn't functional, I spent this past weekend working on getting a full install on the box," Miller said, linking to his Ubuntu boot log that indeed makes it all the way to the system login process.

Sun is trying to encourage outside programmers to build a full-fledged Linux software ecosystem around its UltraSparc T1 servers.