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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It's not the latest, or the greatest ...
by Kady Mae on Wed 21st Jan 2004 06:12 UTC

Tony sez:
"While not the fastest piece of hardware, it's incredibly relevant for a system of its age. It's a great learning tool for a variety of operating systems, as it's widely supported, and great for exploring the 64-bit realm. "

But what is anybody going to do on their designated "kanoodle" box that's massively intensive?

(And what is a Sun Desktop box used for any way? Where I work we've got about $300k of Suns in the server room, but nobody, not even the systems folk have a Sun Desktop.)


Oh, and Gents, you're never going to woo a lady with a Sun box. They're so boxy and bordinary* looking and you can't make really cool home movies, like, say, Jurassic Park on them.

The 64 bit path into a woman's heart comes by way of one of those technicolored, beautifully sculpted, looks like a work of art, ILM wants to make a home movie with FX like this! drop dead sexy SGI computers. And as everybody knows, SILICON is used in all of the best "adult" toys, not to mention chest upgrades.

(If you want to light a fire in her heart you gotta at least have some FUEL. And if you're lucky, that will get you some High Impact.)


* Boring+Ordinary = bordinary.


Note to self: Start a business called Silicon Gratification Inc.