Linked by Tony Bourke on Wed 21st Jan 2004 02:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN A few weeks ago, I stubbed my toe on my old Sun Ultra 5 as it sat there lifeless and unused in my apartment. Once my primary desktop, the envy of my geek friends, and a way to woo the ladies, its glory days have long since passed. As much as I would like to let it live out its days looking sexy and taking up space, I live on the island of Manhattan, where space is a premium. Since I can't charge it rent, I decided I'd better use it or lose it. But what to use it for? What operating system would I run on it? Solaris? What about Linux? FreeBSD? NetBSD? OpenBSD? They all run on the SPARC platform, so I thought why not do a quick review.
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Sun, memories, and old hardware
by number9 on Wed 21st Jan 2004 03:03 UTC


Well, I have been running Linux on Sun for quite a while too.
My old SparcStation 20 is still running Mandrake, my Ultra 2
dual CPU is running RedHat 6.2 for sparc and my U30 has
gone by the wayside. Enough about me, I personally look
forward to reading comparisons, as I have not played with
anything but RedHat and Mandrake and Gentoo on sparc.

For the interested, you can see the dmesg outputs from
some of my old Linux on Sun at:
http://www.dimlight.org/number9/dmesg_index.html

Oh, and the author is correct, but I think a little high
on the price estimate, an ebay Sun (U1,U2,U5,U10,U30) should be
really cheap, unless you want to get into dual cpu's over
300Mhz.

I look forward to the next installment of this article.

Thank you.