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, gentoo, ... (sun ultra 1)
by eugene on Wed 21st Jan 2004 12:28 UTC

hi

i own a sun ultra 1, but i guess the results of the benchmarks and testdrives the author is going to do will fit for this one too...

its old harsdware too... but it does have scsi... (yeah, i am one of those guys preferring old scsi instead of new fast ide stuff... - when i dont need size (big hard drives))... but for some geeking and servering (what a word) 4 gb is enough for me...

well, this ultra1 still runs the latest solaris without problems... (if u dont use java- because its slow... the admintool is rewritten in java, but who needs this anyway)...

the first issue i had was the rom... the processor has got an issue with 64bit, and it warns me of a possibly security leak... a wrong combination of opcodes (gcc doenst produce this ;-) can crash the machine or so...

the next issue is... i love freebsd, but freebsd just isnt able to handle an ultra1... ultra5 should run fine... my scsi isnt supportet *hmpf*... i hope someone will port this stuff from netbsd... but it seems some folkz dont want freebsd supporting sparc... only for having a reference for *endian to make freebsd more clean and portable...

then i had not much choice i guess... i dont like openbsd... and netbsd is nur cutting edge enough i feel?! though its the cleanest os ever... so now i have gentoo linux installed... and it runs very smoothly... though 2.6 kernel is marked as very experimental and i fear to break the system by installing it and a 64bit compiler (i want to try though some day...)

well... love that box...

thanx to the author for this series of articles comming up now...

oh and why is ssh so slow he asked... is it?? i feel its fast... and the console is fast scrolling too... fb is good supportet at least under linux... solaris is indeed scrolling slowly... i dunno why... have no source ;-)... and hey... xfree4 finaly supports cgsix for x11 :-)

ssh is very very slow on mk680xx processors *g*... i have a "next" too and i dislike sshing there ;-)

but u can play mp3 smoothly on this slow machine... *g*

anyways... bye bye,
Eugene