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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Ultra 30s are nicer
by JimD on Wed 21st Jan 2004 16:51 UTC

I am running gentoo on an Ultra 30 as my stable desktop, which leaves my x86 for play. The Ultra 30 has a Creator 3D Series 3 graphic card which works well with X11, 256MB of memory and 18Gig SCSI. I wish the CPU was a little faster, but it is sufficient for a desktop, just watch out for those gentoo compiles :-), XFree86 & Mozilla take forever. I got this on ebay for $274.00.