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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by jimmy on Wed 21st Jan 2004 17:01 UTC

Okay, maybe I sound like a huge loser, but I have a tricked-out (in the spirit of flavah-flav) Sparc5 110MHz - S24 24-bit graphics, 18GB SCSI HDD, SBus video capture, and 10/100 card, with 256MB of RAM, running Solaris 8; it has an internal CDROM drive, and uses an external Sun QIC-150 (535MB) tape drive.

I use it as an FTP server and for a few other things, and the box runs amazingly well. It *never* crashes, runs GCC (and thus all of my apps which don't require tons of speed) extremely well, and it a truly amazing box. It is a tribute to Sun and the Solaris developers in how they truly understood quality engineering in how they produced something that was manufactured in 1995, and is still relevant and useful 8 years later...