I need a software who emulate SPARC system (Hardware) in a Windows 7 host computer. I need to install a Solaris SPARC 10 for developing purpose and I don't have a SPARC machine.

Can you give me some advice?


You're likely to have only one option as far as sparc emulation on windows 7 goes - QEMU - which is the only common emulator supporting dissimilar architectures.

If it works, it'll likely to be MUCH slower than a real system , and apparently it dosen't work yet

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  • well, i suspect other than architecture, solaris x86 software should work on solaris SPARC with a recompile. Might be worth testing – Journeyman Geek Jun 28 '11 at 13:35
  • I have a SPARC software to install in a SPARC Solaris 10. I don't think that I can recompile it, I have only the executable file. – Possa Jun 28 '11 at 13:37
  • then, no, there's really not much you can do. – Journeyman Geek Jun 28 '11 at 13:41
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    SPARC hardware isn't the cheapest in the world, but occasionally you can find some deals out there on used equipment. I've had a few SPARC machines in my life that I got screaming bargains on. Buying actual hardware might be your solution. – Brian Knoblauch Jun 28 '11 at 14:25

If Solaris 8 is acceptable, you might want to evaluate sybil: http://www.stromasys.ch/hardware-virtualization-solutions/virtual-sparcstation/

Otherwise, I would also recommend buying used hardware.

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  • Thanks for the info. But how can I get it? Freeware software does not include the Spark emulator. – Possa Jul 13 '11 at 14:51
  • It is indeed a commercial solution. I don't know this software price but used hardware might be cheaper. – jlliagre Jul 14 '11 at 6:18

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