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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You people are killing me!
by XaosSlaad on Wed 21st Jan 2004 12:48 UTC

Sun workstations and servers hanging around, boxes being used as doorstops, or stuffed in closets? Arrggghhh sacrilege! Even a Sun Ultra 5 with 128 MB RAM runs Solaris 9 nicely; and best of all for educational or development (my understanding... might not be true); it's free to use as long as you're not trying to turn a profit. If you don't want to deal with the 'not free' aspect use Linux or BSD.

Even an 'old junker' runs with such stability its uncanny. I bought mine off Ebay and it looks beautiful; as though it was hardly ever used. My friend did the same thing and it looks like it was used on the German front line in WWII to decrypt enigma. The amazing thing is that his, even with the obvious neglect and abuse, runs as well as mine does.

x86 just can't hold up in the light of sun. Sure you pay more, which makes it hard on those wanting to learn, (so turn to ebay get something for around $250; might take a few weeks but you'll find a nice deal), but that old saying, you get what you pay for holds true in this case.