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 ultra one sparc
by djamé on Wed 21st Jan 2004 12:53 UTC

in my own experience I installed several flavor of Linux on ultra one (128 meg of ram and scsi disk)
I tried :
debian potataoe
mandrake 7.2
and aurora sparc linux
result :
I didn't get debian and gentoo passed the second stage install, I don't know why, really I tried irc, faq and all, it should have been workin but nothing
but the mandrake 7.2 (and old, old version of mandrake) was perfect, fast enough, install without problems, nothing to say, it was mandrake
but the mandrake 7.2 was good in its age (equl to redhat 6.2 I guess) so I tried the aurora sparc linux which is a project to port the last incarnation of redhat to this kind of machine, and the installation was great, everything was fine, except one thing, one tiny little thing, it was so slow.... incredible, zero reactivity, so slow that I was thinking they forgot to activate the cache (exactly as the first version of BootX for linuxPPC for the old mac world) in the kernel.......
in conclusion, I ran for few weeks the ultraone in order to be a mysql server in mandrake 7.2 mode, but it was not as reactive than my own celeron 450 so I gave up ultimately....

so here's my advice for your ultra 5, have a look to aurora, it's a recent distrib just as good than any last flavor of redhat if your machine is fast enough.......