Kachina Technologies, Inc. to help Debian Sparc development

June 6th, 1998

Kachina Technologies, Inc. (http://kachinatech.com) has decided to help make the Debian Sparc distribution commercially available to Linux community. When ready, the Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 Hamm Sparc distribution will be offered by Kachina on both CD-ROM and on preinstalled systems as well.

When asked about their work with Linux, Ward Deng of Kachina stated:

[Kachina] has been working on UltraSPARC systems and Linux for many years and realized UltraSPARC and Linux is the best combination for high-performance computing users. We have demonstrated an UltraLinux cluster at a trade show and drew a lot of attention.

We have been working on a native port of high-performance development environment including Fujitsu Fortran 90, C, and other compiler/tools on the Linux/UltraSPARC platform.

We have been supporting UltraLinux port by providing loan systems to key Sparc/Linux developers and we will continue doing so. Not only we will provide remote access and network resource to Debian/UltraLinux developers, we also intend to provide developers or early users preloaded systems at prices below their costs to show our support and appreciation.

When asked why Debian was the distribution of choice, the reply was:

Debian is obviously the best distribution so far. The Debian packaging system and its organized volunteer-based development made it more maintainable and guaranteed its openness in a long run.

Kachina is providing Internet access, disk space, a publicly accessible test system, as well as manpower on software packaging and testing to help the Debian Sparc effort.

Kachina also hosts Scientific Applications on Linux (SAL) (http://sal.kachinatech.com), which is a collection of information and links to software that is useful to scientists and engineers.

Debian GNU/Linux has been working on a Sparc distribution since November 1996. This distribution is expected to be ready for release within the next few months.

For more information regarding Debian Sparc development, please subscribe to the Debian Sparc mailing list <debian-sparc@lists.debian.org>. This can be done at <http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/subscribe>.

For more information regarding the work Kachina is currently doing please send email to debian-ultralinux@KachinaTech.com.