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FreeBSD 6.1 sparc64 as a desktop

I have an ultra10 here that was, until today, running Solaris 10 and was my desktop. Now, I have opted to install FreeBSD on it to see how it runs. I now have X running happily. Documentation on the specific pieces of information I wanted was sparse, so here's what I know now:

  • If your sparc64 is old and lacks USB, the mouse will show up as a serial device. The mouse device is the uart device immediately following the keyboard one:
    uart0:  on puc0
    uart0: CTS oflow
    uart1:  on puc0
    uart1: CTS oflow
    uart2: <16550 or compatible> addr 0x14003083f8-0x14003083ff irq 41 on ebus0
    uart2: keyboard (1200,n,8,1)
    uart3: <16550 or compatible> addr 0x14003062f8-0x14003062ff irq 42 on ebus0
    Here, uart3 is my mouse.
    This means that /dev/cuau3 is my mouse. So I add this in rc.conf:
    Run /etc/rc.d/moused start, and the mouse works.
  • X needs to be told what keyboard map you are using. I used X -configure to generate my xorg.conf. A few changes are necessary:

    I have a Sun type5 keyboard, so, in my xorg.conf:

    Section "InputDevice"
       Identifier  "Keyboard0"
       Driver      "kbd"
       Option  "AutoRepeat" "400 30"
       Option "XkbRules" "sun"
       Option "XkbModel" "type5"
       Option "XkbLayout" "us"
       Option "XkbKeycodes" "sun(type5)"
  • X needs to be told about the monitor and what proper resolution:
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier   "Monitor0"
            VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
            ModelName    "Monitor Model"
            HorizSync 31.5-110
            VertRefresh 75
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "Screen0"
            Device     "Card0"
            Monitor    "Monitor0"
            DefaultDepth 16
            SubSection "Display"
                    Depth     16
                    Modes "1024x768"