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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FreeBSD on Ultra5
by Scott on Wed 21st Jan 2004 08:38 UTC

I'll be interested in how the Author got on with FreeBSD. As part of the install it asks which type of terminal you are using:

1 for standard ANSI
2 VT100
3 FreeBSD console (colour)
4 FreebSD console (mono)
5 xterm

No matter which one I choose the screen will not format properly with the text wrapping round the next lines. That combined with the arrow keys not working makes the installation almost impossible.

Anyone know how to make the Sun console work properly with the FreeBSD installation? I can't find the answer anywhere (although I've found plenty of people with the same problem).