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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by xmp on Wed 21st Jan 2004 11:32 UTC

That ipc might run debian good. I ran debian on sparc classic just fine. Someone told me that i needed to recompile for sun4m, but it worked for me just fine without that. It's not decent as a desktop but ok as server.

I see surplus ultras for $40 and up a lot. Some of the slightly more pricey ones include a nice video card too.

And yeah SGI is the sweetest looking machine there is, but Sparc is no slouch either.