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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Ultra 5's for life!
by billd on Wed 21st Jan 2004 07:43 UTC

Currently I have an ultra 5 running debian sid (bought it for $150 off a friend). Very reliable mail server/web server, love the darn thing especially it's little sun quirks.

My friends work @ an ISP and they recycle their old ultra 5's to use as incoming mail servers (they have about 5 of them or so iirc in addition to other sun boxes). As the spam/email level increases they just plug another ultra 5 in ;) .

Darn things just last forever.

Eugenia, I know what OSNews needs --- a dating section ;) .