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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Linux on old SPARCs
by Ade on Wed 21st Jan 2004 11:10 UTC

I used a SPARCClassic running Red Hat (in 24Mb!) at home for years (see http://homepage.ntlworld.com/adrian.rixon/personal/ade/slinux-eval/... ) until I got tired of the s-l-o-w 8 bit graphics card and bought my SO a new PC so I could use her old one instead. I tried a SPARC 5 (non-Ultra) too with Aurora Linux but again, graphics performance for something like Mozilla (even running remotely) was abysmal. I considered using it as a hardened firewall on my dial-up but the serial ports on old SPARCs are also slow. I could use it as a firewall on my cable connection, but I'd have to source a second NIC first. Still, the hardware is like the Volkswagen of computing and an UltraSPARC with 24 bit gfx ought to be much nicer. Looking forward to more articles.