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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IF you're going to buy one of these things, don't bother with the 5's and 10's. The architecture is mediocre at best and basically just a PC with a different CPU. The Ultra 2 has a real crossbar for memory access and a 300mhz Ultra 2 will smoke one of the (generally) more expensive 400ish mhz 5/10's as a server. CPU is where its at for interactive stuff I admit. The 2's were still built like tanks unlike the 5/10s. Don't let the fact that its sbus scare you off, sbus cards are dirt cheap and perform every bit as well or better than their pci counterparts in the old Suns. The 2's are also SCSI which runs 100x better than IDE on these things for a server.