This model of JavaStation has a MicroSPARC IIep processor clocked at 100MHz, which conforms to (32-bit) SPARC V8 and makes it a sun4m machine in operating system nomenclature.
The machine boots OpenBoot 3.11.9 firmware. Unlike the OpenBoot 2.x firmware present on some of the previous JavaStation-1 models, this is (supposedly!) compliant with the “Open Firmware” specification, IEEE1275-1994 (also of interest is the addendum for SPARC).
There is a good JavaStation-HOWTO for Linux at TLDP, but it seems a little dated (mentions only kernels up to 2.4). Also the firmware workaround it recommends, PROLL, seems to be necessary only because Linux (at least the versions mentioned in that HOWTO) only understands the older pre-standard OpenBoot firmware (the “client interface” was changed drastically in IEEE1275).
NetBSD seem to keep
a more modern port, including a handy network boot loader (
I found some useful details in a NetBSD mailing list
message too, in
particular mentioning that the firmware erroneously leaves itself mapped at
The Linux HOWTO provides details of the jumpers in the Krups, but they appear
to be wrong. The only interesting effect I achieved was by shorting pins 3 and
4 of jumper J1300, which handily produces a boot-time prompt with a 6-second
timeout, allowing you to drop down to an OpenBoot
ok prompt instead of
booting flash. All the other jumper pins I tried only caused the machine to
boot with a blank video signal (maybe it was talking on the serial line
instead? I don’t have a cable to hook it up with, unfortunately).